PALACE: PRES. DUTERTE ON POSSIBLE PARDON TO MARCOS 'SPECULATIVE, PREMATURE'
“Speculative and premature.”
This was how the Palace downplayed concerns that president Duterte may grant pardon to Ilocos Norte Representative and former First Lady Imelda Marcos after she was found guilty by the Sandiganbayan for 7 counts of graft.
In a statement on Sunday, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo clarified that the president has the authority to grant pardon to persons convicted by final judgment.
However, in the case of Marcos, the decision of the anti-graft court is not yet final and the Marcos' camp will still pursue legal remedies to reverse the ruling.
Panelo also assured that the President will consider the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) – an office under the Department of Justice (DOJ) – that will evaluate the eligibility of a person to be given the presidential clemency.
Earlier, the Palace said they will not interfere in Marcos' conviction, noting that the president “does not recognize relationships, alliances, friendships with respect to violations of the law.”
The president has been vocal of his admiration for the late president Ferdinand Marcos as well as his friendship with the Marcos family.