Antonio Sanchez was given nine life sentences for his involvement in rape and murder in two separate cases.

Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo wrote referral letter for jailed ex-mayor Antonio Sanchez serving 360-year sentence

  • At a Senate hearing, Sanchez’s wife said she asked some officials, including Panelo, to write referral letters and recommendations to help her husband with his clemency appeal
  • Sanchez was given a 360-year jail sentence for rape and murder, but was recently set to leave prison after only 24 years behind bars, sparking outrage in the Philippines
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Antonio Sanchez was given nine life sentences for his involvement in rape and murder in two separate cases.
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Antonio Sanchez was named earlier this week as qualifying for early release because of “good behaviour”. Photo: Twitter

Philippine ex-mayor serving 360 years in jail for rape and murder may walk free after just 24

  • Antonio Sanchez, now 70, is in prison for the 1993 rape and killing of university student Eileen Sarmenta while he led the town of Calauan
  • His imminent release has raised questions about the role of his former lawyer Salvador Panelo, who is now the official spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte
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Antonio Sanchez was named earlier this week as qualifying for early release because of “good behaviour”. Photo: Twitter
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