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Absolute pardon for Jalosjos addition to Arroyo block in congress - Maza
Press Release Posted on November 6th, 2009.
REP. LIZA LARGOZA MAZA 0920-9134540
Francis Uyanguren (Public Information Officer) 0915-9329407
“If ever Jalosjos wins a seat in Congress in 2010, he would be an addition to the Arroyo bloc. Apparently, all these schemes are in preparation for Arroyo’s bid as Congresswoman of the 2nd District of Pampanga.”
This is the statement of Rep.Liza Maza of Gabriela Women’s Party today as she expressed concern on the possibility that Malacanang would grant absolute pardon to former Zamboanga del Norte Congressman Romeo Jalosjos that would allow him to run in the 2010 national elections.
“Granting absolute pardon to a convicted child rapist who was sentenced to two life terms is an absolute injustice in itself. GMA
will be putting all Filipinos especially our women and children in deep shame and danger if ever she grants Jalosjos’ request,” Maza said.
The Gabriela solon noted in earlier reports that Jalosjos applied for absolute pardon before Malacañang last September 30 or two months before the deadline of filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2010 national elections. Consequently, the Office of the President endorsed or transmitted his application to the Board of Pardons and Parole on October 22 for evaluation and recommendation.
Maza believes that there is a strong possibility that Arroyo will grant absolute pardon to Jalosjos as she has commuted the latter’s
sentence last June 2007 to 16 years, although he only served for 12 years in jail according to reports. And since Jalosjos expressed his intention to run for Congress during his interviews, Maza suspected some shady deals between him and Malacanang.
“We can never allow this nightmare to continue. All those who are accountable to the people must pay for their crimes and should never be allowed to stay in power,” Maza concluded. ###