Aquino-Galman murder convicts appeal for absolute pardon

December 17, 2009 11:00 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 17 – The families of the 12 convicted soldiers in the Aquino-Galman double murder case have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to grant absolute pardon on them.

They said that although the convicts' sentences were commuted, they wanted to restore their basic rights under the law, through an absolute pardon.

They said that the absolute pardon for the soldiers was important so that they could return to the service and to have a source of livelihood when they are released from the prisons.

Still incarcerated at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City are Capt. Romeo Bautista, 2nd Lt. Jesus Castro, Sgt. Claro Lat, C1C Rogelio Moreno, Sgt. Filomeno Miranda, Sgt. Arnulfo De Mesa, Sgt. Ernesto Mateo, Sgt. Rodolfo Desolong, Sgt. Ruben Aquino, Sgt. Arnuldo Artates and A1C Felizardo Taran.

Public Attorney's Office (PAO) Chief Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta said that the PAO already filed the petition on June 11, 2009 for the absolute pardon of the convicted soldiers.

They are awaiting the signature of Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera to a recommendation to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the absolute pardon for the soldiers.

According to Acosta, it will be a good Christmast gift for the soldiers this holiday season if their petition will signed before the year ends. (PNA)

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