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Duterte clears Panelo of wrongdoing in Sanchez executive clemency bid

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:04 PM

''Yung ginawa ni Panelo, it's not his fault na lawyer siya,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during a sudden press conference in Malacañang

PANELO. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte answers queries from members of the media at the Malacañang on June 27, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. File photo by Robinson Niã‘al Jr./Presidential Photo

Duterte rules out pardon for cops in Kian delos Santos slay

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he might pardon the 3 policemen 'one million years from now'

Two of the trhee cops involeved in the killings of 17-yo Kian delos Santos being escorted by BJMP guard after the court found GUILTY of murder over the death of 17-yo delos Santos on Tuesday, November 29, 2018, at the Caloocan City RTC. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Fujimori, in hospital plea, says return to prison would be 'death sentence'

Oct 05, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'Please do not kill me. If I return to prison my heart will not support it. It is too weak to go through the same thing again. Don't sentence me to death. I can give no more,' says Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori

ALBERTO FUJIMORI. This file photo shows Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori waving to supporters as he is wheeled out of the Centenario Clinic in Lima on January 04, 2018. File photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Peru annuls ex-president Fujimori's pardon, orders arrest

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Supreme Court has 'issued the arrest and detention orders against former president Fujimori so that he may be re-integrated into the prison establishment'

South Sudan president pardons rival, rebels – state radio

Aug 09, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The announcement comes days after the two men signed a power-sharing deal in the Sudanese capital Khartoum aimed at ending a nearly 5-year civil war that has killed tens of thousands and uprooted millions

PARDON. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar. Photos by Simon Maina and ISaac Kasamani/AFP

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May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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May 11, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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Thousands call for Peru leader to step down over Fujimori pardon

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Relatives of those killed under Alberto Fujimori's rule – all dressed in black – lead the cortege for the rally in central Lima, under the watchful eye of police

PROTEST. Demonstrators march during a protest against the pardon granted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to former President Alberto Fujimori, in Lima, on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Clashes in Lima as thousands protest ex-president Fujimori pardon

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) 'Out, out PPK! Out, out PPK!' angry demonstrators chant in reference to the president, who had promised during his electoral campaign the previous year that he would not free Fujimori

INDIGNANT. Peruvians protest against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's humanitarian pardon to Peru's jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori in Lima. AFP photo

Peru's ailing ex-president Fujimori pardoned

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:02 PM

'The president of the republic... has decided to grant a humanitarian pardon to Mr Alberto Fujimori and 7 other people in similar condition,' the presidency says in a statement

PARDONED. This file picture taken on January 8, 2015 shows Peru's former President (1990-2000) Alberto Fujimori waving upon arrival for the reading of the verdict on charges of embezzling state funds and using them to manipulate the media, at a police base in Lima. File photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Duterte grants conditional pardon to 10 prisoners

Jul 06, 2017 - 11:14 PM

UPDATED The President grants conditional pardon to 10 prisoners according to documents released by Malacañang

FREE. Seven of the 10 political prisoners who were granted conditional pardon hold a press conference in Quezon City on July 7, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Don’t abuse presidential pardon, ex-gov't officials tell Duterte

Apr 04, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Former government officials – a bulk of them members of the former administration – call on President Rodrigo Duterte s closest advisers to warn him against abusing presidential pardons

PRESIDENTIAL PARDON. Former government officials tell President Rodrigo Duterte that he should not abuse presidential pardons. Malacanang photo

Free after years of imprisonment: Two faces of prison women

Mar 07, 2017 - 4:02 PM

One went to jail for killing her husband the other volunteered to a life in prison to be with her husband

Duterte grants 19 more pardons, commutations

Mar 07, 2017 - 1:31 PM

UPDATED We are witnessing justice at work We see that reformation is an option says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the same day that the House of Representatives is set to pass the death penalty bill on final reading

DOJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II and NBP officals during the release thru pardon and commutation of sentence of inmates on March 7, 2017.

Duterte pardons 27 elderly, sickly prisoners

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Twenty seven of the 127 prisoners endorsed for executive clemency by the DOJ will be given signed certificates of pardon on Tuesday March 7

EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY. President Duterte greenlights the release of aged and sickly prisoners. File photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Duterte to release over 100 elderly, sickly inmates

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the official approval will be released next week The inmates release should immediately follow

PRESIDENTIAL PARDON. President Rodrigo Duterte will grant pardon to 127 sickly and elderly inmates. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

New Thai king pardons prisoners in 'first show of mercy'

Dec 12, 2016 - 2:50 PM

The prisoner pardon is King Maha Vajiralongkorn s first chance since he succeeded the throne to show the king s mercy according to a statement

THAILAND'S NEW KING. This file photo taken on May 13, 2015 shows Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the annual royal ploughing ceremony at Sanam Luang in Bangkok. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

Duterte pardons 4 convicted NPA rebels

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:36 PM

They are among the NDF consultants on the list of political prisoners to be released by the government

PEACE PROCESS. President Rodrigo Duterte calls for support for peace talks with communist rebels. Rappler file photo

Recto to Duterte: Pardon old, sick prisoners for Christmas

Nov 20, 2016 - 4:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier said he was considering granting pardon to qualified prisoners in time for the holidays

Duterte grants executive clemency to Robin Padilla

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The President also says he is considering granting pardon to elderly and sick prisoners during the Christmas holidays

CLEMENCY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go poses with Actor Robin Padilla who shows off the documents of the executive clemency granted by the President during their meeting at the Study Room of Malacañang Palace on November 15, 2016. Photo by Rene Lumawag/PPD

5 inmates who testified vs De Lima have pending clemency requests

Oct 18, 2016 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED House justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali says this should not be an issue

PARDON REQUEST. Former Police Officer 3 Engelberto Durano, convicted for illegal drugs, gestures as he testified during the Bilibid drugs probe at the House of Representatives on October 6. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Sep 21, 2016 - 9:18 PM

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Three Thai royal insult prisoners freed after pardon

Aug 27, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Thailand s lese majeste law is among the world s harshest punishing any perceived criticism of the monarchy with up to 15 years per offence

THAI KING. A well-wisher holds a large medal carrying a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people wait for him to drive by in a motorcade as he leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on September 15, 2014. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Duterte vs drugs, APEC expenses, Pakistani celebrity | 12PM wRap

Jul 18, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Duterte to pardon 'truthful' cops accused of abuse in war vs drugs

Jul 18, 2016 - 8:56 AM

Ipitin ninyo ako ganoon ang mangyari I will not hesitate to pardon 10 15 military and policemen everyday says the President vowing protection for law enforcers doing their part in the war against drugs

AT THE PALACE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets Malacañang chefs and wait-staff at a Sunday  fellowship dinner with San Beda Law School batchmates in the Malacañang Palace. Photo from PCOO

Duterte on Marcos, Bam vs Bongbong, Apple | 12PM wRap

May 24, 2016 - 1:18 PM

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Duterte 'ready' to grant Arroyo pardon

May 23, 2016 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED The president elect says however that former President Gloria Arroyo has refused his offer saying this would require her to admit to the crime of plunder

PRESIDENTIAL PARDON. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he's ready to pardon former president Gloria Arroyo. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

New Zealander among 34 political prisoners pardoned in Myanmar

Jan 22, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Though many of Myanmar s hundreds of political dissidents were jailed during repressive junta rule scores of activists have also been thrown behind bars under outgoing President Thein Sein s watch

PARDONED. Prisoners greet their family members outside Insein Prison in Yangon, Myanmar, January 22, 2016. Myanmar government gave amnesty to more than 100 prisoners, including political prisoners, across Myanmar. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Plunder defendant Jaime Dichaves allowed to travel abroad

Nov 16, 2015 - 9:47 PM

The self confessed owner of the dummy Jose Velarde account is a co defendant in the plunder case against former President Joseph Estrada Nearly 15 years later he has yet to undergo trial

LOYAL FRIEND. Jaime Dichaves is the self-confessed owner of the dummy Jose Velarde account that contributed to the downfall of former President Joseph Estrada

Cuba pardons 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis visit

Sep 11, 2015 - 6:46 PM

UPDATED The pardoned prisoners are chosen due to the nature of the acts for which they were jailed their behavior in prison the time of punishment and health concerns

POPE FRANCIS IN CUBA. A picture shows a group of people next to a banner with a message of welcome for Pope Francis and posters of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, in a house in Havana, Cuba, September 1, 2015. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

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Jul 15, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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Actor Cumberbatch backs historic pardon for British gay men

Jan 31, 2015 - 11:59 PM

An open letter published in the Guardian newspaper urges Prince William and his wife Catherine to step in to make the case for a blanket pardon for the 49 000 men who were convicted

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. The actor stars in 'The Imitation Game' as code-breaker Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Myanmar frees 3,000 prisoners

Oct 07, 2014 - 7:25 PM

President Thein Sein pardons some 3 073 people including 58 foreign nationals citing stability of the state the rule of law and humanitarian grounds

THEIN SEIN. Myanmar president Thein Sein waves as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the 47th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 08 August 2014. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

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Jun 24, 2014 - 8:50 PM

Trillanes to Revilla Estrada: Man up stop whining Philippines backs Japan bid to defend allies Egypt under pressure to pardon Al Jazeera journalists

Freed Pussy Riot members reunite in Siberia

Dec 24, 2013 - 3:04 PM

UPDATED Two members of anti Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot embraced each other Tuesday December 24 as they reunited in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

REUNITED. Two members of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L) and Maria Alyokhina smile as they meet in the airport of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on December 24, 2013. AFP/Vasily Maximov

Khodorkovsky's fast-track release and arrival in Germany

Dec 21, 2013 - 12:01 AM

Here is a timeline of how Kremlin critic and high profile Russian prisoner Khodorkovsky s release unfolded since Putin s surprise pardon

Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky flies to Germany after release

Dec 20, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Russia s most famous prisoner and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky walks out of jail on Friday December 20 after more than 10 years behind bars

Aquino now reviewing Leviste parole

Dec 16, 2013 - 5:24 PM

De Lima also calls the attention of the President to an apparent error in the composition of the Board of Pardons and Parole

De Lima: I take responsibility for Leviste parole

Dec 11, 2013 - 6:41 PM

The justice secretary says her review found that the BBP glossed over findings that Leviste escaped from prison which disqualifies him from being granted parole

PARTIAL. Justice secretary De Lima said the complaints covered only PDAF misuse from 2007-2009 because documents for these were easily accessible. Photo by Rappler/Jose Del

Aquino can revoke Leviste parole - De Lima

Dec 09, 2013 - 4:23 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is preparing a report to the President to explain Leviste s parole

PAROLE REVIEW. President Benigno Aquino III says the whole parole system is being reviewed, after the parole for former Batangas Gov Jose Antonio Leviste was approved.

Aquino mulls sanctions for parole board after Leviste release

Dec 09, 2013 - 12:30 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he was surprised by the news of Antonio Leviste s parole

'TEMPORARY LIBERTY'. Former Batangas Gov Jose Antonio Leviste's parole met no objections from the family of Rafael de las Alas, who he killed in 2007.

Palace: Leviste met all parole requirements

Dec 07, 2013 - 5:37 PM

Coloma says the Palace will respect all legal processes should anyone question the parole in court

'TEMPORARY LIBERTY'. Former Batangas Gov Jose Antonio Leviste's parole met no objections from the family of Rafael de las Alas, who he killed in 2007.

FAST FACT: Presidential pardons

Oct 26, 2013 - 5:54 PM

Here s a look at the system of presidential pardons in the country

Russia hunts for other Pussy Riot members

Aug 21, 2012 - 6:32 AM

With 3 members in jail Moscow police look for two more who remain free

A FACEBOOK PHOTO OF Pussy Riot shows the other members of the punk band. They have just released their new single, "Putin is Lighting the Fires of the Revolution."

Pardon for Paco Larrañaga?

May 25, 2012 - 8:05 PM

Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo supports a petition to pardon the convicted rapist and murderer so he can go free in Spain and become a chef

Paco Larrañaga. Photo from the FB site Free Paco Now