President Benigno Simeon Aquino III said the government is reviewing the guidelines
for “executive clemency,” which includes the granting of presidential pardon to criminals.
In an interview with Palace reporters on Monday, Aquino said he wants the process for
executive clemency reviewed because he is hesitant about reducing the sentence or granting
pardon to those convicted of crimes such as rape and drug pushing.
Aquino expressed his qualms about granting executive clemency two months after he signed
a proclamation granting amnesty to military and some police personnel who attempted to
overthrow the Arroyo administration.
Under Article VII, Section 19 of the 1987 Constitution, the President has the power to grant
executive clemency to convicts.
The same provision gives him the power to grant amnesty, upon the concurrence of the
majority of Congress.
Upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP), the president can
grant pardons, commute sentences, or defer the implementation of sentences.