JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced over the weekend that some 165 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) have been granted parole following the implementation of the Interim Rules on Parole and Executive Clemency.
Guevarra released figures from the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) that showed that from May 18 to June 3, a total of 165 PDLs have been granted parole.
The grantees were among the 679 inmates whose applications for parole were reviewed by the BPP from May 18 to June 3.
Among the 679, there were 48 whose parole were denied.
From May 18 to June 3, the BPP also recommended 21 PDLs for conditional pardon without parole conditions, 24 recommended for conditional parole with parole conditions, 46 recommended for the commutation of sentence.
During this period, the Board also denied 23 PDLs' appeal for executive clemency.
Amid clamor to release PDLs due to the threat of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Guevarra approved and signed the April 15 BPP Resolution No. OT-04-15-2020 on the Interim Rules on Parole and Executive Clemency.
The BPP’s Interim Rules on Parole and Executive Clemency took effect last May 15, 15 days after publication in newspapers.
In its resolution, the BPP said the interim rules are meant “to expedite the existing process of release of PDLs through parole or executive clemency.”
The interim rules provide that PDLs who are eligible for parole or executive clemency review shall be covered by the interim rules.
Those covered under the interim rules are PDLs over 65 years old who have served at least five years of their sentence, or those whose continued imprisonment is inimical to their health as certified by a physician certified the Department of Health (DOH) or designated by the Malacanang Clinic Director.