MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte grants conditional pardon to four inmates of the New Bilibid Prison, and commutation of sentence to 23 other prisoners inside the national penitentiary.
The 27 inmates came from the list of 127 prisoners aged 70 years old and above who were recommended for release by Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II.
“The advent of President Duterte’s presidency and the appointment of your humble servant to the steward of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has allowed us to lay down plans to decongest the high volume of persons deprived of liberty via the mechanism of parole, pardon and of sentence of correct computation of good conduct time allowances,” said Sec. Aguirre.
The four inmates granted with conditional pardon will be released at once. While the 23 prisoners granted with commutation of sentence will become free men after the Board of Pardons and Parole finishes the processing of their release.
All in all, there are only 22 prisoners who have received a certificate of commutation of sentence as one of the recipients, Rogelio Malagotnot, died last February 19.
Secretary Aguirre led the formal awarding of certificates of conditional pardon and commutation of sentence to the chosen prisoners.
During the event, Aguirre said that was just the first batch because on Thursday, 19 more inmates will also be released.
Secretary Aguirre noted that they are now fast tracking the release of the prisoners as it has already been delayed since last year.
The move, Aguirre says, would also give deserving inmates the chance to live a better life outside of jail after having paid for their crimes inside the national penitentiary. — Aga Caacbay | UNTV News and Rescue
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