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CONTROVERSIAL GCTA LAW LIMELIGHTING Sec. PANELO

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CONTROVERSIAL GCTA LAW LIMELIGHTING Sec.PANELO
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Manila – Most controversial spokesperson of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte dragged in the Senate Inquiry on misinterpreted GCTA LawPanelo was appointed as Presidential Spokesperson on October 15, 2018, replacing Harry Roque.

Sec. Salvador “Salsalito” San Buenaventura, served as the defense lawyer of prominent politicians such as Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. who was implicated in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre, Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez who was tried for the 1993 Eillen Sarmienta and Allan Gomez murder and the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos in relation to recovering their ill-gotten wealth.

Panelo also lawyered for former Commission on Election Chairman Benjamin Abalos who was embroiled in the 2007 elections scandal, Philip Medel who was convicted in the murder of actress Nida Blanca and the family of slain racing champion Enzo Pastor. His other clients include celebrities such as Deniece Cornejo in her 2014 rape case against actor Vhong Navarro, and Dennis Roldan who was convicted of kidnapping a Filipino-Chinese boy in 2005.personalities.

His intentions to help his client former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, Antonio Sanchez to enjoy the provisions of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law, unfolded. Immediately afterward, he and President Duterte retracted their support for the execution of the GCTA, which has already freed most of their friends. He is also known to not answer any questions given to him by the media, but rather go around the bush (or forest) and answer any non-relevant responses under the sun instead.

Panelo, also known as the master of masquerading scenarios, wherein some media friends, used to speculate to what the Secretary trying to imply.

Updated: Secretary Panelo reacted on the articles published by Rappler and Inquirer.net related on his letter to the Board of Pardon and Parole on the executive clemency application of rapist and murderer (his former client) Antonio Sanchez.

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“Those articles are reeking not only with irresponsibility but with malice and it is libelous in nature because it imputes an act to discredit me in public and to tarnish my honor,” Panelo said in an interview with reporters in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“In view of this, I am filing a libel case against Net Inquirer and Rappler for publishing these malicious articles,” he added.

The complaints are already being drafted by his office, he said.

Panelo was referring to the Inquirer.net tweet that said he wrote a letter “recommending” executive clemency for rape-slay convict Sanchez.

Rappler published an article entitled, “LOOK: Panelo endorsed Sanchez’s letter for executive clemency.” 

Secretary Panelo took exception to the use of the words “recommending” and “endorsed.” He demanded a correction from the inquirer.net. but he receive no response yet.

He also mentioned a Rappler article which quoted him as saying he met with members of the Sanchez family  in his Malacañang office.

Most recently: Panelo is criticizing Sen.Bong Go…”pumapapel” over the issue tackled in the Senate Inquiry.

(Bro.Fred/FM 🇵🇭)

OPINION: BUCOR’s Chief Faeldon, SUMMONED BY SENATE

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BUCOR's Chief Faeldon, summoned by the Senate

Manila – GCTA  Suspended, Senate step – in to clarify.

Malacañang Palace will go after to some officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) who are responsible for the release of 22 high profile convicted for drug trafficking, kidnapping with ransom, Murder, Rape with murder, carnapping and parricide (including those Chinese, convicted for drug trafficking, fowarded to Immigration for deportation) due to misinterpretation of R.A. 10592 Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.

The information published due to uproar of the public after the announcement that convicted for 7 counts for murder and rape, former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez is possible to be released.

In my personal opinion:

I honestly believe that R.A. 10592 passed by the 15th Congress and signed into law by former President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino on May 29, 2013, with a clean conscience and clear mind that objectively, those who will be granted earlier release are only those who are qualified in accordance with the provisions of the said law.

The case of Antonio Sanchez and those who were granted liberty due to GCTA, which is now the subject of Senate Inquiry, scheduled tommorow, wherein the subpoena has been sent to BUCOR Chief Faeldon.

The said Senate Inquiry will enlighten the public, what is/are the provision/s of that law, which seems confussing and disadvantageous to the best interest of Filipino majority. And to what point some Bucor officials has made it more conflicated and/or incomprehensible.

Ironically, the implementation of the GCTA law has been temporarily suspended, a bad news to those PDL (persons deprived of liberty) convicted of minor offense, who are incarcerated to provincial, city and municipal jails, their expectations to be reunited with their loved one are impossible to happen before Christmas Season, having said so, congested jail will be come more problematic.
(Bro.Fred/FM🇵🇭)

https://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2013/ra_10592_2013.html

Duterte sealed Sanchez’ fate as early as Aug. 21

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Duterte sealed Sanchez’ fate as early as Aug. 21
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the Tumingad Solar Power Project in Odiongan, Romblon on August 21, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte sealed the fate of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez as early as August 21, when the Chief Executive gave his order to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) not to release the convicted killer-rapist after personally reviewing the case.

This means that Duterte decided on the matter just a day after Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra made the announcement on August 20 that thousands of prisoners and detainees, including Sanchez, could be freed within two months due to the retroactive implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10592’s provisions on good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

This was disclosed by Senator Bong Go, who served as Duterte’s special assistant, in an interview with GMA7 on Monday morning (August 26).

He said: ”Nung nalaman ni Pangulong Duterte yang balitang yan, ipinarating niya po kay BuCor chief Nick Faeldon at kay Secretary Guevarra na huwag i-release [si Sanchez] upon the order of the higher authority.”

Go continued: ”Sino pa ba ang higher authority? Not higher authorities, higher authority. Ibig sabihin ang Pangulo.”

That order from the “higher authority” was relayed to Guevarra and Go on the night of August 21.

It was just a day after Guevarra made the announcement on the possible release of Sanchez that immediately stirred a public outcry.

Sanchez was sentenced to seven life imprisonment in 1995 by a Pasig City court for the rape and murder of University of the Philippines (UP) – Los Banos student Eileen Sarmenta, as well as the killing of her friend Allan Gomez, in 1993. The Supreme Court sustained the ruling in 1999.

 Go said the news on the possible release of Sanchez so angered Duterte that the President—who worked as a prosecutor before he became mayor of Davao City— reviewed the case personally.

“Abugado po ang Pangulo. Pinag-aaralan niya ang batas. Excluded po siya (Sanchez) dun sa Republic Act No. 10592. Sa Section 1, excluded ang lahat ng heinous crimes,” Go said in the GMA7 interview.

Earlier, Justice Undersecretary Mark Perete said it’s been decided that Sanchez will not get a reduced sentence based on DOJ’s determination.

“So, in this case, since may determination na excluded ‘yung kaso ni ex-mayor Sanchez, then hindi na dapat siya i-evaluate,” Perete said.

Under RA 10592, which amended sections of the Revised Penal Code, the BuCor will review who can benefit from the GCTA provisions of the law from among its prisoners. BuCor is under the supervision of the DOJ. 

Asked further if it was already safe to conclude that Sanchez has no hope of benefiting from the GCTA provisions and will be serving the remainder of his sentence, Perete answered: “That is correct. Because he is excluded from the benefits of the GCTA law.”

Final word from DOJ: Sanchez to stay in prison for rest of sentence

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Final word from DOJ: Sanchez to stay in prison for rest of sentence
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It’s final—convicted killer-rapist Antonio Sanchez will stay in jail to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

This was stressed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which finally stated in clear terms and with finality that the former mayor of Calauan, Laguna is not qualified to avail himself of the Good Time Conduct Allowance (GCTA) benefits under Republic Act (RA) 10592.

Justice Undersecretary Mark Perete said in an interview over radio station DZBB said Sanchez will not get a reduced sentence based on DOJ’s determination.

“So, in this case, since may determination na excluded ‘yung kaso ni ex-mayor Sanchez, then hindi na dapat siya i-evaluate,” Perete said.

Under RA 10592, which amended sections of the Revised Penal Code, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) will review who can benefit from the GCTA provisions of the law from among its prisoners. BuCor is under the supervision of the DOJ. 

Asked further if it was already safe to conclude that Sanchez has no hope of benefiting from the GCTA provisions and will be serving the remainder of his sentence, Perete answered: “That is correct. Because he is excluded from the benefits of the GCTA law.”

This should put to rest the fears over the early release of Sanchez, who was sentenced to seven life imprisonment in 1995 for the rape and murder of University of the Philippines (UP) – Los Banos student Eileen Sarmenta, as well as the killing of her friend Allan Gomez. The Supreme Court sustained the ruling in 1999.

Earlier, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra triggered an uproar after he announced that thousands of prisoners and inmates, including Sanchez, could be released within two months based on the provisions of RA 10592, which was enacted into law in 2013.

This was after the SC ruled that the BuCor, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and other concerned agencies should apply the law retroactively.

This means that in the computation of the GCTA of prisoners and inmates, the review should cover periods before 2013.

Malacanang then clarified that the law is clear that those convicted of heinous crimes are not qualified to avail themselves of GCTA benefits. Rape is considered a heinous crime under Philippine laws.

“Let’s look at it this way: When the BuCor said na merong 11,000 that could possibly benefit from the law, included lahat. Pero bawat isa kasi noon dapat nilang i-evaluate if they are excluded based on the provisions of the law, and then if they would benefit once they are believed to be included,” Perete said.

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