Stop the Release of Mayor Antonio Sanchez; Let Him Serve His Seven Life Sentences

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Antonio Sanchez is a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, Philippines and the mastermind in the rape-slaying of Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of Allan Gomez. Sarmenta and Gomez were both students of the University of the Philippines, Los Baños (UPLB).

On March 14, 1995, Antonio Sanchez and several henchmen (only some of whom were policemen) were found guilty of raping and murdering Sarmenta and murdering Gomez. Sanchez is currently serving (7) terms of reclusion perpetua (40 years per term) for the crime. On January 25, 1999, the Philippine Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Regional Trial Court. On August 29, 1999, Sanchez was given a double life term by the Supreme Court for a different case.

On August 21, 2019, The Department of Justice announced Sanchez will likely walk free after just over 20 years in jail.

We petition the Department of Justice to stop Sanchez's release and affirm his seven life sentences. He used his power and position to kidnap, rape and murder. His actions terrorized a university and an entire town. For full justice to be served, he must remain incarcerated for the duration of his lifetime.