Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete announced on Thursday (May 21) that the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) has found 117 persons deprived of liberty eligible for parole based on the recently implemented Interim Guidelines for Parole and Executive Clemency.
Perete said in a statement that the BPP reported on Wednesday (May 20) that among 600 PDLs submitted by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) for evaluation “an initial batch of One Hundred Seventeen (117) Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) have been confirmed eligible for parole under the Interim Guidelines for Parole and Executive Clemency.”
“Another Four Hundred Twenty Four (424) PDLs are likewise deemed possibly eligible for parole under the said guidelines but await clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation before their eligibility is confirmed,” he added.
“The BPP is set to receive a new batch of carpetas for evaluation this week,” he assured.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman explained the Interim Guidelines which took effect just last May 15 “simplified the procedure for the grant of parole and executive clemency to PDLs who are elderly and sick since they are considered most vulnerable to CoVid-19.”
“The Guidelines reduced the documentary requirements for parole and clemency application from a maximum of sixteen (16) documents to just three (3). PDLs who could possibly be released on parole or executive clemency under the Interim Guidelines need only to submit Clearances of No Pending Cases and of No Appeal from the court, and an NBI Clearance,” he said.
“However, PDLs who committed heinous crimes or were involved in cases relating to illegal drugs, or those classified as high risk by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) do not benefit from the Interim Guidelines,” he added.