Friday, July 29, 2011

Mercy. Too Late!

Monsters and Critics reports that the Philippine president signed a "compassionate pardon" for "an ailing 63-year-old prisoner without realising the convict had already died." In fact, Mariano Umbrero died four days before President Benigno Aquino granted conditional clemency. Human rights groups say the original conviction was politically motivated.

To make matters worse, this would have been the first prisoner Aquino pardoned since he took office in June 2010. See story here.

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