- Robin Padilla is among those listed who are candidates for an executive clemency
- Executive clemency is the power of the President to grant prisoners pardon
- Padilla was convicted in 1994 for illegal possession of firearms
Actor Robin Padilla may soon be a completely free man as he is among the list of those who would be granted executive clemency by President Rodrigo Duterte.
PhilStar said in a story that the Board of Parole and Pardons (BPP) have prepared a list of 87 convicts who would be possibly freed through a presidential pardon. The list includes the actor who is Robinhood Padilla in real life.
His lawyer Rudolf Jurado said the actor was hesitant to apply for a pardon because of his strong support for his administration.
Padilla has been a staunch supporter of the President when he ran for office last May elections. He is also among the personalities and the politicians who have visited Duterte in Davao City.
The actor was arrested in 1994 for illegal possession of high-powered firearms. He was detained for three years in the New Bilibid Prison until former President Fidel Ramos granted him a conditional pardon in 1997.
His pardon expired in 2003 and receiving an executive clemency from the incumbent President would revive Padilla’s civil and political rights.
Aside from failing to vote, Jurado said that his client “could not renew his passport whenever he has invitations for projects abroad because he still has criminal record here.”
Under Article IV, Section 19 of the 1986 Constitution, the President has powers to grant pardon to convicted persons. It may be a “reprieve, absolute or conditional pardon.”
“It has been the practice of Malacañang to grant executive clemency to aging and sick prisoners during the Christmas season,” PhilStar mentioned in its story.