In The Know: Aquino cold on clemency



President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—In October, Catholic Church officials scored the Aquino administration for being too “tightfisted” in granting paroles and clemency to prisoners.

“From the time of Marcos, we’re used to seeing 100 or 300 prisoners being released on the President’s birthday or on Independence Day,” said the New Bilibid Prison chaplain, Msgr. Bobby Olaguer.

“But now… nothing. Those being released are only those who have already served their sentence,” Olaguer said.

In July 2011, Mariano Umbrero succumbed to cancer four days before he was granted presidential clemency. Umbrero, a cancer-stricken political detainee, died on July 15. President Aquino signed his pardon on July 19.

Executive clemency is the power of the President to commute sentences or to grant conditional or absolute pardon.

The Board of Pardons and Parole, which is under the Department of Justice, comes up with a list of prisoners recommended for executive clemency.

The list is usually finalized and sent to Malacañang before Christmas. Inquirer Research

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  • John_Galt_II

    Nakuha rin ng mga reporter ang “cold” at “cool”.
    Dati ang ginagamit “cool”

  • zahraff

    Clemency can be given to those who really deserves it. It must also be studied carefully as to what crime/s that particular person did that warrants clemency. Crimes that have been committed willfully as proven by the courts with unequivocal evidence/evidences that have resulted in conviction deserves no clemency.

  • mr

    Nothing to lose, those are hard core criminals who need to pay their due for crime committed. They should have not done the crime on the first place. We should bring back the death penalty for heinous crimes and plunders, now. This will benefits the Ampatuans and those politicians who will commit crimes and plunders.

  • AllinLawisFair

    Naghahanap ng butas ang Simbahang Katoliko 

    Pagkatapos na matalo ang Simbahan sa RH BIll, naghahanap ngayon ang simbahang Katoliko upang mapuntusan si Pangulong Aquino. 

    • Pepe Alas

      “In October, Catholic Church officials scored the Aquino administration for being too “tightfisted” in granting paroles and clemency to prisoners.”

      Ang issue na itó ay nung octubre pa pero ñgayón lang ibinalità.

      • AllinLawisFair

        Naghahanap nga ng butas.

        2012/12/28 Disqus

      • Pepe Alas

        You don’t get it, my golly…

  • nestleraisinets

    remember how “They” treated Galileo for being “wrong”…

  • Jon Paul

    Clemency? What about giving clemency to pedophile(?) priests?

  • coldfeet

    ok  lang kahit 10000 pa eh clemency..basta yung deserving… ang problema lang diyan.if baka yung mga politiko na may kaso.. ang makakuha.. 

  • To_Be_Continued

    Catholic Church: “P-Noy is tightfisted when it comes to clemency for inmates.”

    Is it the church’s fakin business to dictate to the president how many should he give clemency to?!?! Padre Damaso, it is the president’s prerogative, so STFU !!!

    You bishops want to have the power to release rpisoners? Get out of priesthood and run for the office of the president and win the election. Otherwise, give us a break from your nonsensical views on presidential clemency.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      Perhaps the RCC should be very generous in granting Absolution to all sinners. Set an example to PNoy, that when you sin it all resets back to 0 when they go to mass and the priest grants them general absolution.

      Perhaps then, they will understand that when clemency/absolution is made a token gesture, its value diminishes.

  • Guest

    That is nothing wrong about. Rapists, killers deserve hard punishment.

  • $37644997

    Vast majority deserves clemency,for prisoners who have commited heinous crimes such as murder,rape,kidnapping,forced labor,insurgencies have no place in the open public and must remain in jail.

  • Klepto

    I give Panot 0.1% of one point out of 10 if he re-instate castration, firing squad, electric chair, and lethal injection and total asset confiscation for heinous crimes including graft and corruption which are standard and normal practice among politicians.

    Oooohh wait, I forgot Abnoy is a politician too. It is not possible because he might become a casualty for the same laws too. Same thing goes with freedom of information bill, Panot was initially batting for it but then he realised he might open up his own can of worms so he decided to chicken out.

    Talaga mga pulitiko natin ay magagaling lang sa iyot at tsupa.

  • JuanTamadachi

    Monsignor Olaguer maybe you have forgotten this news article:


    By Neal CruzPhilippine Daily InquirerFirst Posted 05:07:00 04/06/2009Filed Under: Crime and Law and Justice, Punishment,Prison, Politics
    WHAT can be on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo?s mind that she is letting loose all the high- profile criminals locked up in Bilibid? First, she freed Claudio Teehankee Jr. who had cold-bloodedly shot Maureen Hultman and two male companions in Dasmariñas Village for no reason at all. Then she gave executive clemency to all the soldiers convicted of conspiring to assassinate Ninoy Aquino and Rolando Galman. Then it was ex-Rep. Romeo Jalosjos, convicted of raping a child. Now it is Rodolfo Manalili, mastermind of the gruesome Cochise-Beebom murder case. The two victims, Ernesto ?Cochise? Bernabe and Ana Lourdes ?Beebom? Castaños, were promising University of the Philippines students who were abducted, taken to Pampanga and stabbed to death because of Manalili?s jealousy. Cochise was mistaken for his rival.Most of them were sentenced to double life terms. I understand life term to mean imprisonment while the convict is alive and a double-life term to mean that after he dies, he would still be in prison for more years equivalent to another life term, but leave it to the abracadabra of the Board of Pardons and Parole, they were released after being in prison for less than 20 years, well within their lifetimes. Why sentence them to double life terms when they can be freed for a fraction of that period? What hypocrisy.


    You are doing the right thing Mr. President. Do not succumb to political pressure and/or money, like your predecessor Gloria Macapal Dorovo did.

  • Your_King

    Aquino’s theory is…why officially and legally pardon prisoners? Under his BuCor prisoners are able to get escape prison anyway. They’re able to enjoy day trips and joy rides outside of prison and quietly slip back in again.

  • Bengatibo

    Nakialam na naman si Padre Damaso!!! Mantakin ninyo, sa lahat nang sangay nang gobyerno, nakikialam. Kung gusto niyon makialam, tumakbo kayo sa election. Tignan ko kung mananalo kayo. Ngayon pa lang talunan na kayo. Hindi na bobo ang mamamayan gaya nang paniwala niyo. 

  • Maldi2

    Cold to clemency kasi abnoy nga ang pangulo natin – walang puso.

  • Beguine

    The President can’t be expected to be a superman and do
    everything even fly to do public service.

    This includes clemency or shortening prison sentence or freeing prisoners on
    special to very special occasions.

    Let this be the job of Sereno and her colleagues at the Supreme
    Court. When they’ve made recommendations, PNoy  just reads
    the paper and signs.

  • wilfel

    Why are priest telling the President what to do. They should do their job and let the President do his. If they don’t committed crime so they are not in prison. If they committed crime then they shold serve their sentences. The clemency only serve at the pleasure of the President. It is not that he should always do it. So hope the Priest will do what is say to do in prison and don’t bother about the job of the president.

    • disqusted0fu

       simple… because the president is not doing his job, thats why people have to constantly remind him to do so. thats if he will listen because he doesnt seem to care.

  • disqusted0fu

     after all the shadiness and the law bending that Aquino has done and counting, one day he may also experience what these prisoners are experiencing.

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