Jalosjos not seeking for absolute pardon – Devanadera

November 6, 2009 9:33 am 

MANILA, Nov. 6 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) said that convicted rapist former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos has not filed any application seeking for the grant of absolute pardon.

DOJ Acting Secretary and concurrent Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera said that even the Bureau of Pardon and Parole (BPP) had not received any application for the absolute pardon of Jalosjos.

Jalosjos reportedly was seeking for an absolute pardon in order for him to run in the May 10, 2010 elections.

Devanadera said that nevertheless, if ever there would be such an application from Jalosjos, it would still pass through the BPP before it would be finally submitted to the Office of the President (OP) for consideration and appropriate action.

She said it was within the prerogative of President Arroyo whether or not to grant such request of the convicted child rapist.

Jalosjos was convicted for raping a minor and sentenced to a two-life imprisonment. Later, his sentence was commuted for his good conduct while incarcerated at the National Bilibid Prisons. He was released from prison in March this year. (PNA)

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