Who let the villains out? Philippines crime-busting president red-faced
MANILA (REUTERS) - The early release of hundreds of convicted rapists, murderers and drug criminals has acutely embarrassed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, with his justice minister saying they were ineligible to be freed because of the severity of their crimes.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
They included Josman Aznar, Ariel Balansag and Alberto Cano, three of six men sentenced to death in 2004 for the 1997 kidnap, rape and murder of two sisters in one of the country's most high-profile cases. Their sentences were later commuted to life imprisonment.
One of its former chiefs has said that he did not know the justice minister's approval was needed for the prisoners to be released.
"This is really a serious indictment of any campaign against graft and corruption when people, who are now convicted of heinous crimes, are just being released without the knowledge of the public," Lagman told Reuters.
More than 21,000 prisoners were released, 2,000 of whom were sentenced for heinous crimes, like rape, drugs, murder, bribery, plunder, kidnapping and arson.
Dela Rosa has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but said he is open to being investigated.
Faeldon's lawyer, Jose Diño, told Reuters his client took no bribes from inmates, but accepted that the buck stopped with him.Read more: The Straits Times
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