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PIA Press Release
2007/10/26

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's order granting pardon to former President Joseph Estrada

MALACAŅAN PALACE
MANILA

By the President of the Philippines

PARDON

WHEREAS this administration has a policy of releasing inmates who have reached the age of seventy (70),

WHEREAS, Joseph Ejercito Estrada has been under detention for six and a half years,

WHEREAS, Joseph Ejercito Estrada has publicly committed to no longer seek any elective position or office,

IN VIEW HEREOF and pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by the Constitution, I hereby grant executive clemency to JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA, convicted by the Sandiganbayan of Plunder and imposed a penalty of Reclusion Perpetua. He is hereby restored to his civil and political rights.

The forfeitures imposed by the Sandiganbayan remain in force and in full, including all writs and processes issued by the Sandiganbayanin pursuance hereof, except for the bank account(s) he owned before his tenure as President.

Upon acceptance of this pardon by JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA, this pardon shall take effect.

Given under my hand at the City of Manila, this 25th Day of October, in the year of Our Lord, two thousand and seven.

(Sgd.) GLORIA M. ARROYO

By the President:

(sgd.) IGNACIO R. BUNYE
Acting Executive Secretary

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