By Jerome Aning
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.
By Erika Sauler
Two Manila residents have filed a civil case with the Manila Regional Trial Court against deposed President Joseph Estrada questioning the conditionality of his plunder pardon and the validity of voting for him.
Pope Benedict XVI is “very likely” to pardon his former butler Paolo Gabriele, who was on Saturday sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking secret memos revealing intrigue in the Vatican.
By Norman Bordadora
President Aquino has ruled out a presidential pardon for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo if she is found guilty of the corruption charges filed against her.
By Tetch Torres
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.