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Philippine bishop echoes pope’s call for clemency to qualified prisoners

The prelate said the release of PDLs will enable them “to start a new life as free and potentially productive citizens of the country”

The Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has joined Pope Francis’ call for heads of state to grant clemency to deserving prisoners or “persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).”

“We urge our local civil authorities, especially our Executive Branch headed by our President (Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.), to heed His Holiness’ call by granting executive clemency and to set free those deserving persons deprived of liberty,” read a statement released by Bishop Joel Baylon on December 19.

The prelate said the release of PDLs will enable them “to start a new life as free and potentially productive citizens of the country.”

Bishop Baylon also asked the courts in the country to immediately decide on cases so that those who are found not guilty will be released.

“We also appeal to our Judiciary composed of the different Courts on all levels to hasten the wheels of justice to enable especially those unjustifiably detained to be released from detention,” he said.

He said that through the grant of clemency, qualified PDLs can build their lives anew “in the spirit of a true restorative and transformative justice system in our country.”

Pope Francis recently released a letter addressed to the heads of state calling for the release of prisoners who are held “to be eligible to benefit from such a provision.”

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The pope also asked for a “gesture of clemency” for inmates in the spirit of Christmas.

“He believes that prisoners should not be deprived of hope and instead be given the chance to redeem themselves,” said Bishop Baylon.

On Monday, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said a total of 328 PDLs have been released from its facilities in December, bringing to nearly 6,000 the total number of PDLs freed this year.

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