FORMER Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted of rape and murder, may be released earlier for good conduct, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said yesterday.

The former politician may get an early release along with thousands of other inmates for good conduct, he told reporters.

Mr. Guevarra said the early release cannot be appealed.

The Supreme Court in June allowed the retroactive application of time allowance for good conduct of inmates.

Mr. Sanchez was convicted in 1995 of rape and murder of two University of the Philippines students in 1993. He was sentenced to seven life terms.

The Office of the Ombudsman in 2018 recovered alleged ill-gotten assets of Mr. Sanchez and his wife, getting 19 transfer certificates of title for 19 properties that were forwarded to the Treasury bureau. — VMMV