- Members of the stalwart Magnificent 7 at the House of Representatives (HoR) have aired in a press conference their doubts about the intentions of the inmate witnesses presented in Senate
- Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, in an earlier statement, had already voiced out concerns that the inmates may have their personal motive for testifying
- In a response released by the Bureau of Pardons and Parole, five of the 12 inmates have a standing application for pardon or executive clemency
Three members of the infamous Magnificent 7 from the House of Representatives (HoR) air their doubts on Tuesday, October 18, regarding the intentions of the inmate witnesses presented in Senate against Senator Leila De Lima.
In a statement released by Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, he said that five of the 12 inmate witnesses against Senator Leila De Lima have pending application for pardon or executive clemency.
In an earlier statement, the Magdalo Representative had said, "may kaniya-kaniyang interes ang mga high profile inmates na humarap sa House of Representatives bilang testigo."
(Each of the high profile inmates who appeared before the House of Representatives as witness have their own interest.)
"5 sa 12 inmates na tumestigo vs De Lima ay may application para sa pardon o executive clemency," says Alejano.
The representative urged the public to be more vigilant in looking out for these motives.
According to Alejano, "Maaring gamitin ang pardon bilang reward sa kanila kapalit ng pag testify."
(The pardon could be used as a reward in exchange for them testify.)
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman had added that this could prove to be 'dishonorable' as this could be the inmates' "ticket to freedom".
The Bureau of Pardons and Parole had released on October 14, a list of the inmate witnesses with pending application for pardon/executive clemency, following a request from Alejano.
In the list, five inmates appear to have pending applications namely, Engelberto Durano, Nonilo Arile, Jaime Patio, Jojo Baligad, and Vicente Sy.