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Abadilla slay convict seeks Aquino clemency

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MERRY CHRISTMAS? Tension is writ all over the faces of the five accused in the killing of former PC Colonel and Ilocos Norte Vice Gov. Rolando Abadilla as they await the promulgation of the case by Judge Jaime Salazar on Aug. 11, 1999, in Quezon City. The judge found the five guilty but they have steadfastly professed innocence. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Behind bars for more than 17 years for a crime he maintains he did not commit, Lenido Lumanog is pleading with President Benigno Aquino III to grant him executive clemency so he could spend his remaining years with his family.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Abadilla 5 told: Don’t lose hope

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

While President Aquino may not have acted on a recommendation to set them free by Christmas, the five convicted killers of Army Lt. Col. Rolando Abadilla should not lose hope, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.

Posted: January 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino pardons 8 inmates but not ‘Abadilla 5’

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The hopes of the “Abadilla 5,” in prison since 1996, that they would be home for Christmas have been dashed. President Benigno Aquino III did not act favorably on the recommendation of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to grant executive clemency to the five convicted killers of Lt. Col. Rolando Abadilla, an intelligence chief of the Philippine Constabulary who gained notoriety as an alleged torturer of political prisoners during martial law.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Abadilla 5 may soon be free–De Lima

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. FILE PHOTO

The “Abadilla 5,” languishing in prison for years now, could finally be home for Christmas.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palace: Parole for Abadilla 5 under study

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Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III continues to evaluate the Board of Pardons and Parole’s (BPP) recommendation for the commutation of the sentences of five men convicted of the 1996 killing of Lt. Col. Rolando Abadilla, Malacañang said Saturday.

Posted: October 28th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino still evaluating clemency for ‘Abadilla 5’

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MERRY CHRISTMAS? Tension is writ all over the faces of the five accused in the killing of former PC Colonel and Ilocos Norte Vice Gov. Rolando Abadilla as they await the promulgation of the case by Judge Jaime Salazar on Aug. 11, 1999, in Quezon City. The judge found the five guilty but they have steadfastly professed innocence. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III continues to evaluate the Board of Pardons and Parole’s recommendation for the commutation of the sentences of five men convicted of the 1996 killing of Rolando Abadilla, Malacañang said Saturday.

Posted: October 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abadilla 5 call on Aquino to sign release papers

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After languishing in prison for 16 years, one of the five men convicted for the 1996 killing of Col. Rolando Abadilla is puzzled why President Aquino still hasn’t acted on a September 2011 recommendation commuting their sentence.

Posted: April 29th, 2012 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Abadilla 5 kin picket SC, DOJ

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Relatives of the so-called Abadilla 5 picketed the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice on Friday to renew their call for the commutation of the sentences of their loved ones, who were sent to life in prison after being convicted of the 1996 murder of a police colonel.

Posted: March 24th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pardon for ‘Abadilla 5’ sought anew

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The spouses of two of those convicted in the 1996 killing of Colonel Rolando Abadilla on Wednesday asked Justice Secretary Leila De Lima anew to pardon their husbands.

Posted: January 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

De Lima hopeful for Abadilla 5

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Saturday said she was hopeful that Malacañang would soon decide on the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) that life sentences of the so-called Abadilla 5 would be commuted.

Posted: December 25th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Abadilla 5’ optimistic they will be freed before Christmas

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The five men collectively called “Abadilla 5” who were convicted for the murder of Colonel Rolando Abadilla in 1996, are optimistic that they will be spending their Christmas with their families.

Posted: December 19th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Recommendation on ‘Abadilla 5’ not yet with Aquino — Palace aide

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MERRY CHRISTMAS? Tension is writ all over the faces of the five accused in the killing of former PC Colonel and Ilocos Norte Vice Gov. Rolando Abadilla as they await the promulgation of the case by Judge Jaime Salazar on Aug. 11, 1999, in Quezon City. The judge found the five guilty but they have steadfastly professed innocence. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Parole for the commutation of the life sentences of those convicted of the murder of Marcos-era police official Rolando Abadilla has yet to reach the desk of President Benigno Aquino III, a Malacañang aide said on Saturday.

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abadilla 5’s fate now up to President Aquino

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MERRY CHRISTMAS? Tension is writ all over the faces of the five accused in the killing of former PC Colonel and Ilocos Norte Vice Gov. Rolando Abadilla as they await the promulgation of the case by Judge Jaime Salazar on Aug. 11, 1999, in Quezon City. The judge found the five guilty but they have steadfastly professed innocence. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

One stroke of the presidential pen, and their nearly two-decade-long ordeal will be over. The Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) has recommended to President Benigno Aquino III the commutation of the life sentences meted out to the so-called “Abadilla 5” for the assassination of a dreaded martial law enforcer, a fitting end to their struggle to sustain their plea of innocence, according to the chief public defender.

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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