Thursday, January 05, 2012

Pre-condition To Pardon Philippine Ex-pres Arroyo Is Remorse

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Ann) – Remorse on the part of former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo will be a factor for consideration should President Benigno Aquino III be confronted with a situation in which he would have to decide whether to pardon her or not if she is convicted of any crime.

“Pardon I think is governed by several policies within the Board of Pardons and Parole,” President Aquino said in an interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel. “The degree of remorse is one component that I remember”.

“Of course, at this point in time, they manifest that they are innocent of any of the charges. So if they still profess [innocence], where is the remorse? Where can we find the remorse there?” he added.

Asked if remorse is something that has to be publicly seen before pardon is considered, Aquino said. “It’s too way, way ahead, I think”. /MP

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