• Palace: Pardon by Aquino hangs despite papal visit

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    Malacañang is not sure whether executive clemency will be granted to inmates in time for Pope Francis’ visit to the country.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Tuesday confirmed that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima had already submitted a list to Malacañang.

    He, however, noted that the office of President Benigno Aquino 3rd is still reviewing the recommended list.

    “Wala pa tayong impormasyon kung kailan magaganap ‘yan, sapagkat ang batid lang natin ay pinag-aaralan ang rekomendasyon sa kasalukuyan [We still do not have information on when that will happen because what we know is that the recommendation is still being studied],” Coloma told reporters.

    Earlier this month, de Lima said the executive branch is giving priority to elderly inmates and those who are terminally ill for the President’s pardon.

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines had appealed to Aquino to grant clemency to sick, old and abandoned prisoners in line with the theme of the papal visit, “Mercy and Compassion.”

    Implementing rules of Republic Act 4103 or the Indeterminate Sentence Law describe “commutation of sentence” as the reduction of the duration of a prison sentence of a prisoner.

    Meanwhile, “conditional pardon” refers to the exemption of an individual, within certain limits or conditions, from the punishment that the law inflicts for the offense he had committed resulting in the partial extinction of his criminal liability.

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