Prominent recipients of executive clemency

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF prominent convicts who received a
presidential pardon or whose sentences were commuted:
Ousted President Joseph Estrada. Convicted by the Sandiganbayan of
plunder on Sept. 12, 2007, and sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.
Pardoned by President Macapagal-Arroyo on Oct. 25, or six weeks later.
Former Caloocan Rep. Luis “Baby” Asistio. Part of the “Big Four,” said
to be the most feared gang on the nightclub strip of Dewey (now Roxas)
Boulevard in the 1960s. Sentenced to death for the 1962 kidnapping of
Chua Pao. Spent 13 years behind bars before sentence was commuted to
life imprisonment. Pardoned by then President Ferdinand Marcos.
Quezon City Rep. Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo. Jailed in 1972 for
torching the villages of Ora Este, Weste and Centro in Bantay, Ilocos
Sur. Became a Born-Again Christian minister in prison and founded the
Loved Flock Catholic Charismatic Ministry. Released in 1980 by Marcos.
Actor Robin Padilla. Sentenced in 1995 to 17 to 21 years in prison for
illegal possession of firearms. Benefited from the passage of a law
that reduced the prison term for the offense. Granted conditional
pardon in April 1998 by then President Fidel V. Ramos, for whom he
campaigned in 1992.
Pablo Martinez. One of 16 soldiers convicted of the 1983 Aquino-Galman
killings. Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1990, and granted
conditional pardon by Ms Arroyo on Nov. 7, 2007, on grounds of advanced
age and good behavior.
Norberto Manero Jr. Sentenced to a life term in 1987 for the 1985
abduction and murder of Italian priest Tullio Favali in Mindanao.
Sentence commuted to 24 years by Ramos in 1998, and then further
reduced for reported good behavior. Left the New Bilibid Prison on Jan.
25 after a 23-year imprisonment.
Army Capt. Gerardo Gambala, Capt. Milo Maestrecampo and seven other
junior Army officers held for taking part in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny.
Pardoned by Ms Arroyo in May as recommended by then newly retired Armed
Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon. Released on May 16.

Cyril L. Bonabente, Inquirer Research

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