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
Topic |   The Philippines

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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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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.