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This 1993 movie directed by Carlo J. Caparas was said to be loosely based on the tragic events that happened in Laguna that same year. Dick Israel played the monster mayor--bad hair and all. The half-baked film did nothing for the case. But its tagline nails it: "Pray...that this insane man is not the mayor of your town."
Town mayor and his goons murder college students
In 1993, Antonio Sanchez, the mayor of Caluan, Laguna was arrested for masterminding the rape-slay of University of the Philippines-Los BaŮos student Eileen Sarmenta, as well as the murder of her boyfriend Allan Gomez. Sarmenta was brutalized by the mayor and his men--namely George Medialdea, Ziolo Ama, Baldwin Brion, Luis Corcolon, Pepito Kawit, and Rogelio Corcolon. In 1995, Sanchez and his men were each sentenced to seven life imprisonment terms and were ordered to pay the respective heirs of Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez P700,000 as additional indemnity. In July this year, Sanchez was caught with one kilo of shabu inside his cell at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison. According to a Pilipino Star Ngayon report, NBP director General Oscar Calderon revealed that Sanchez was suspected of selling P1.5 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) to his fellow prisoners. The drugs were found concealed inside a statue of the Virgin Mary during one of NBP's random checks. It seems seven lifetimes in jail may not be enough to punish this monster.
Former Zamboanga del Norte congressman Romeo "Nonong" Jalosjos has always claimed to be innocent.
Congressman nabbed for corrupting a minor
GMA News Research documents this case in "The Conviction of Romeo Jalosjos." Zamboanga del Norte congressman Jalosjos was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in 1996. He was arrested on January 17, 1997. In December that year, the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 62 found him guilty of two counts of statutory rape and six counts of acts of lasciviousness. He brought his case before the Supreme Court (SC), but it affirmed his conviction. While he was an inmate at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), Jalosjos managed to run for re-election and win in the 1998 and 2001 elections. He served as Zamboanga del Norte's congressman until the SC upheld his conviction with finality in 2002. He was sentenced to two life imprisonment terms. But, in 2007, the two life sentences that the SC originally handed down as penalty for Jalosjos was commuted to 16 years by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In December that year, Jalosjos walked out of prison and flew to Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte. He had mistakenly thought that he was legally free to go. However, his release order had not yet been officially approved. So, he went back to the NBP in January 2008. By 2009, Jalosjos was free again. Given these circumstances, one can't blame people for asking how the ex-congressman pulled it off.