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Palace mulls clemency for 14 soldiers in Aquino-Galman slay

The Philippine Star

The eligibility for executive clemency of the 14 soldiers convicted in the Aquino-Galman double murder case has been shelved due to its political implications, Malacañang said Thursday.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the application for clemency by the 14 convicts is currently being reviewed by the Bureau of Pardons and Parole, but the fact remains that President Arroyo will ultimately decide their fate.

“All these things come in the evaluation of whatever action the President as President would take, but the President has the absolute power under the Constitution on the matter of granting or not granting executive clemency,” he said.

The 14 former constables have officially applied for executive clemency, for they are technically eligible.

Ermita, however, admitted their case is different because of the nature of the offense they had been convicted of.

“Considering the subject matter, former senator (Benigno) Aquino (Jr.) being the one assassinated, and then considering that the wife of former senator Aquino has become the former president, you can see the political implications of this,” Ermita pointed out.

Ermita also refused to give a timetable for the review of the case.

Former president Corazon Aquino said on Tuesday that she has forgiven the soldiers involved in her husband’s assassination and merely wanted them to confess to the crime.

One of the convicts, Pablo Martinez, appealed that they have already served 24 years in prison which qualifies them for executive clemency.

Ermita also noted another convict, Rolando de Guzman, suffered a stroke while in prison.

The issue of health is also one of the qualifications for executive clemency.   Marvin Sy

 


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Untitled Document

  Pagpiga kina Abalos, Neri nauwi sa bangayan
  Kontrobersya sa ZTE deal pakana raw ni JDV

  Abalos piniga nang husto


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  Neri: P200-M alok ni Abalos kumpirmado
 • Abalos todo-tanggi sa bintang na suhulan

  Erap naghain ng apela sa desisyon ng Sandigan



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