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Presidential Pardon – A Study Of Philippine Politics

Philippine President GMA ‘s exercise of her absolute power of Presidential Prerogative to grant Executive Clemency to her predecessor ex-President ERAP (who was Plunder-convicted by the SandiganBayan Court after 6 years of litigation) would make a good Case Study for all Students-of-Politics worldwide. Soon after his release from his privately-owned Tanay RestHouse “Imprisonment”, ERAP (whose Political & Civil Rights have been restored) considers himself as a plain Citizen now free to be at the bedside of his “dying” Old Mother – and to pursue his publicly avowed advocacy of helping the Filipino Poor . If he truly makes good on his promise, convicted ERAP could be a converted ERAP – and should be welcomed back to Philippine Society.

As a Filipino Senior Citizen who keeps abreast with Political Events in the Philippines and as a Roman Catholic who adheres to the Christian Doctrine: “Charity builds upon Justice”; I am of the view that the Constitutional Mandate of “Absolute Power to grant Presidential Pardon” could not be meant (by the framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution) to be unqualified – and could be subject to abuse instead.

Coud Presidential Pardon be granted even without the Convict’s Acceptance-of-Guilt and without Public Apology expressed?
Could the granting of Presidential Pardon not be self-serving as in the case of President GMA suspected of possibly pre-empting her own probable future imprisonment upon the “coming close” of her corruption-scandal laden Presidency – as forwarned by ex-President FVR ?
Is the Philippine President the only and final Judge of “National Interest” in a nation deeply divided and revolting over a controvertial Presidential Pardon?
Where is Good Governance – with Discriminatory Justice favoring the “Politically Strong” and with a Presidency obstructive of Senate Investigations and suspected of bribing Congressmen & Governors?

For the sake of a “Better Future”, let National Cleansing begin!

Question by batflyz2: Does The Government Have The Authority To Pardon Anyone That They Want?
Can the government pardon anyone that they want to convicted of a crime and have them released?

Best answer:

Answer by P S
the president can, and Bill Clinton pardoned more questionable individuals than any other president in history…..many of them support Hillary today…..Hmmmmm……

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31 Days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon and A Government in Crisis

31 Days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon and A Government in Crisis

In 31 Days, acclaimed historian Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days of August 1974, following Richard Nixon’s resignation and the swearing-in of America’s “accidental president,” Gerald Ford. The Watergate scandal had torn the country apart. In a dramatic, day-by-day account of the new administration’s inner workings, Werth shows how Ford, caught between political expedience, the country’s demands for justice, and his own moral compass, struggled valia

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Escaping civilians say dont pardon Prabhakaran

smsfree4all.com Civilians who had escaped from the grip of the terrorists emphatically stated that Velupillai Prabhakaran should not be pardoned. Civilians in small groups are reaching Government controlled areas when they get the opportunity of doing so. Our representative Anura Dorakumbura giving more information from the Wanni battle zone said a group from Jaffna in 2006 had entered un-cleared areas to join in a wedding of a relative in Kilinochchi. However the LTTE did not permit them to return to their villages. The LTTE had detained them to realise their Eelam dream. They had to live in the last two years in a cadjan thatched hut and had access only to the free ration provided by the Government. They experienced such hardships due to LTTEs terrorism. They were deprived of the medicine sent by the Government. The medicinal drugs had been used for the benefit of the LTTE cadres. The group had thereafter taken a bold decision recently and succeeded in fleeing to a liberated area on the sly. They possessed only some milk food and feeding bottles. The terrorists had not permitted them even to bring their belongings. After remaining within a bunker for nine days, they came out of it with the arrival of the Security Forces. These innocent civilians now breathe a sigh of relief.

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13 Responses to “Presidential Pardon – A Study Of Philippine Politics”

  • tamildeztiny:

    we Tamils laugh at all our tamilnet propaganda flooding the internet, plz realize no1 takes ur “ltte” news seriously, its b.s and all u tamils hating on CNN and BBC for reporting truth which is unheard of by tamils who need propaganda spoonfed by some ltte bred news services, rethink your lives..innocent people are dying because of your “beliefs” of elam & velu is alive!

  • apnangel:

    U r wrong Lakshman the people who are encouraging u people are not frankly want to help you. They only wish that poor countries like us keep killing eachother and live forever so they can keep selling their wepons to us. ypu have forgotten who has brought u to SL and made u slaves. if we do not stand on our own and live together u or i will never have a future.

  • 2ruppe:

    more like yours u sick tiger bastard

    u blood money is used to make your the ltte can shoot escappees

  • luxsman3:

    we Tamils laugh at all ur Sri Lankan propaganda flooding the internet, plz realize no1 takes ur “country” news seriously, its b.s and all u SInhalams hating on CNN and BBC for reporting truth which is unheard of by sinhalams who need propaganda spoonfed by some government bred news services, rethink your lives..innocent people are dying because of your “beliefs”

  • zakuk77:

    LTTE is a facist scourge that needs to be wiped off the face of the planet. Only with the defeat of LTTE can all Sri Lankans be free from terror and oppression.

    Prabhakaran is a coward and a fraud who has escaped his homeland and left his people to suffer at the hands of the retreating LTTE!

  • jwthoughts:

    The president can pardon anyone, but he is the only one who can. And not only are they released, but their record is cleared as if they had never committed the crime…no matter the crime.

  • David S:

    All presidents have done it at the end of their term. Bush will have to do it for his entire staff.

  • jaker:

    “Under the Constitution, only federal criminal convictions, such as those obtained in the United States District Courts, may be pardoned by the President. In addition, the President’s pardon power extends to convictions obtained in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and military court-martial proceedings.”

  • rumbler_12:

    The president can. Bush has pardoned sone real questionable people, but most presidents do.

    Look for him to pardon some real sleaze bags at the end of his presidency. He cannot pardon himself or he would.

    Governors can pardon people convicted of state level crimes in their state.

    Merle Haggard was pardoned by Ronald Reagan in CA back in the 70’s

  • hsrch:

    Certainly state governments have the ability to pardon prisoners or persons accused of wrongful activity. I’m not sure about county or city governments, although I suspect that they can also pardon folks.

  • Pater Patriae:


  • JMack:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    After Watergate, April 11, 2008
    JMack (Chicago) –

    This review is from: 31 Days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon and A Government in Crisis (Paperback)

    While the scandal known as Watergate has sired a number of books that explore the period, few authors have taken the path of exploring the aftermath of the scandal. In “31 Days” Barry Werth does a commendable job of not only documenting history, but capturing the feeling of the era.

    After Nixon resigned, a man ascended to the presidency that was planning to leave politics only a short time earlier. In his first 31 days in office, Gerald Ford enjoyed an adoring public as the cold and hidden administration of Richard Nixon faded into memory. Ford was initially a favorable president. This changed on his 31st day in office when he pardoned Richard Nixon for his role in Watergate.

    Werth provides readers with real insight into the characters of Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. Few have noted the deteriorated state, both mentally and physically, of Nixon after his resignation. Werth also tries to demonstrate Ford’s motivation for the pardon. While Ford saw it as the merciful action to take, he also drew a parallel to his own strained relationship with his biological father.

    While only serving three years in office, Gerald Ford’s mark on the presidency may seem insignificant. However, his initial days in office were marked by turmoil and controversy. Though the pardon soiled his presidency in its time, current reflection seems to suggest it was the correct thing to do.

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  • Kevin M Quigg:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Gerald “Our” Ford, January 8, 2009
    Nicholas E. Sarantakes (Newport, RI) –

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    This review is from: 31 Days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon and A Government in Crisis (Paperback)

    There are a ton of books on Watergate, but very few on the aftermath. As a result, Barry Werth gives his readers an important account of the political ramifications of a constitutional crisis. The publishers have spent a lot of time hyping the role of Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Cheney, because of their roles in the administration of George W. Bush, but the central figure in this book is the highly underrated Gerald R. Ford.

    The basic argument of this book is that the nation was fortunate that Gerald R. Ford came into office because he made decisions that were in the best interest of the country even if they hurt his political standing (which they did). His main goal was to help the country recover from the pain and trauma of Watergate. He had experience in these type of matters. Werth sees Ford’s leadership as a product of the man’s past, specifically the time when he brokered a settlement between his mother and biological father over child support issues that could easily have sent his father to jail for non-payment. Werth is exactly right in seeing these connections. He presents Ford as a compassionate, quietly religious man who was exceptionally authentic.

    This book is evocative of the times and that is one of its major strengths. Ford was extremely popular when he first came into office, and with no mantel of authority to inherit the way Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Lyndon Johnson had done when they inherited the job, he decided to govern from the middle. He did this for about a month. His decision to pardon Nixon cost him most of his public standing. Many saw it the last corrupt deal of Watergate. The decline in his popularity led many in the right wing of the Republican Party too see an opportunity to challenge him for the nomination. Afterwards, he was trying to find support from the right, which he could not find from the left or the center because of suspicions about the pardon.

    The only problem with this book is its superficial research. Werth based his account on mostly previously published accounts and a few interviews with minor players. Since he designed this book for the general public, that probably matters little to most of his readership, but if he had gone into the archives or talked to some of the major players, he might have garnered more information that would have given his book more impact on the historical community.

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