Child rapist Jalosjos seeks absolute pardon to run for office again

Romeo Jalosjos, the convicted pedophile rapist, seeks absolute pardon from President Duterte in preparation for his plan to run in the midterm elections in 2019.

In a public notice released by the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP), Jalosjos is one of the names included in the 36 convicts asking for the executive clemency of the President this year, as published in newspapers on Thursday.

“Any interested party may send his/her written objections/comments/information relevant to the cases of above-named prisoners to the undersigned not later than 30 days from date of publication,” as stated by Reynaldo Bayang, executive director of BPP.

In March 2009, Jalosjos was released from the New Bilibid Prison after being in jail for 12 years only.

He was convicted in 1997 for raping an 11-year-old girl and was sentenced to two-term life imprisonment but later granted commutation by his political ally Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who was President at that time reducing his sentence to 13 years.

In 2013, he attempted to run in the mayoral race in Zamboanga City but was disqualified by the Commission on Elections because of his conviction which was supported by the Supreme Court.

Individuals who are convicted of criminal offenses can apply for pardon which the BPP evaluates and submits to the President for approval.

The President, who is authorized to give executive clemency to convicted criminals as stated under the 1987 Constitution, may or may not grant reprieves, commutations, absolute or conditional pardon, and parole or the conditional release to convicts.