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Duterte says he has granted presidential pardons, sentence commutations: I will not answer questions why

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday revealed that he granted executive clemency to and commuted jail sentences of eligible inmates.

In a speech delivered in Naga City, Cebu, Duterte said he has the power to commute a sentence and grant pardons.

“There were people whom I pardoned and there were those whom I sentenced to… It’s given in the constitution. The power to commute and to pardon is absolute. May discretion lang,” said the President.

Duterte stressed that no one should question such constitutional mandate.

“Did I release them or pardon them? That’s mine. You do not question because the Constitution says it is an absolute power. It doesn’t involve the Congress,” according to him.

“That’s mine alone. And because I saw that there are those who deserved to be released. So I will not answer that. It’s my power. So I will not answer questions why,” he added.

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