Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday welcomed the plan of President Benigno Aquino 3rd to pardon aged and sick inmates at the New Bilibid Prisons as a gift to Pope Francis.
“This is welcome news that is certainly in line with the message of love and compassion that the Pope represents,” Binay said.
The Vice President added that the impending pardon of sick and old inmates will bring hope to other prisoners who have atoned for their crimes and wish to become productive members of society again.
In his Christmas message, Binay said inmates “who have recognized and have paid for their crimes should be given the opportunity to rejoin society.”
He expressed hope that elderly prisoners will get to spend their twilight years with their family.
On November 27, 2014, the Board of Pardons submitted the names of 47 inmates who are eligible for executive clemency.