MANILA – The plan of President Benigno Aquino III to pardon aged and sick inmates at the New Bilibid Prison as a gift to Pope Francis has received support from Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“This is welcome news that is certainly in line with the message of love and compassion that the Pope represents,” said Binay in a press statement on Monday.
Binay said the impending pardon for the qualified inmates will bring hope to other inmates who have atoned for their crimes and wish to become productive members of society again.
In his Christmas message, the Vice President appealed for mercy for inmates “who have recognized and have paid for their crimes should be given the opportunity to rejoin society.”
He also expressed hope that elderly prisoners get to spend their twilight years with their family.
Last November 27, the Board of Pardons submitted the names of 47 inmates eligible for executive clemency.