This year, more than 500 convicts have been given parole, while two prisoners have been given granted executive clemency.
This was bared by Bulacan 1st District Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Avarado, vice chairperson of the House Committee on Appropriations who defended the Department of Justice’s proposed budget for 2021.
In the same budget hearing, House members focused attention on the plight of a person deprived of liberty (PDL) who has been separated from an ailing infant child.
During the deliberations, Sy-Alvarado also expressed the DOJ’s commitment to look into the case of political detainee Reina Mae “Ina” Nacino of Bayan-Manila, who got separated from her newborn baby.
Nacino is currently detained at the Manila City Jail – Female Dorm, while, her baby is currently confined at the hospital.
“Can we get the commitment from the DOJ to look into this matter dahil vulnerable PDL po si Reina Ina Nacino (because Reina Ina Nacino is a vulnerable PDL) at kung pupwede po ay mabilis na iproseso (if possible, the process will be expedited), dahil sa kalagayan, lalo na nasa ospital ang bata (because of her situation, especially now that the baby is in the hospital) ,” Gabriela partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas said.
In response to Brosas, Sy-Alvarado said, “Papabilisin ang kaso ng ina ng batang ito sapagkat talaga naman pong kaawa awa ang kalagayan ng taong nabanggit. (The case of the baby’s mother will be expedited because the situation of the concerned person is pitiful.) ”
Highlighted in the hearing for the budget of the DOJ was the status of convicts who could be eligible for parole, the grant of which could decongest crowded jails all over the country.
“Ito pong taong ito hanggang September 2, ang bilang ng nabigyan ng parole ay 518, at nabigyan naman po ng executive clemency ay dalawa (This year until September 2, the number of those who were granted parole is 518 and two were given executive clemency,” said the House leader when quizzed by Baguio City lone District Rep. Mark Go on the number of convicts who were given pardon and parole from 2017 to 2019.
Sy-Alvarado said last year, more than 1,600 inmates were given parole, while 30 were granted executive clemency.
“Ang bilang po na nabigyan ng approved parole noong taong 2019 ay 1, 675 (The number of inmates who were given approved parole last 2019 is 1, 675),” he told the House plenary.
“Ang bilang po ng nabigyan ng executive clemency ay 30 (The number of those who were given executive clemency is 30),” he added.