A few days before the pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino has exercised his constitutional power to grant executive clemency in favour of elderly, sick and long interned prisoners.
The CBCP lauds the President’s action and sees it as a signal that we are indeed trying our best to be a nation of mercy and compassion as Pope Francis urges all nations to be.
The highest achievement of the penal and correctional system cannot be the suffering of the offender but his reintegration into society after he has owned up to his responsibility. We pray for the maturation in our land of truly restorative justice.
CBCP, January 5, 2015
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan