MANILA – The 3 policemen convicted of murdering Kian delos Santos will not be pardoned by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Of course not. Maybe one million years from now,” he said on Monday, December 3, when asked by reporters if he will grant pardon.
He was asked also if he still remembers his promise to police and military personnel that he would pardon them when they will be charged while enforcing the war on illegal drugs.
Duterte said his promise covers only law enforcers who are “in the performance of their duties.”
“If they commit some acts which can be considered criminal but done in the performance of their duties, hindi ko iwanan ‘yan kasi kung hindi, papatayin ako ng sundalo ko pati pulis kasi ako ang nag-utos sa kanila ng ganoon.
(I won’t leave them because if I do, the soldiers and police will kill me because I gave the order to them.)
“But for you to murder, hindi kasali ‘yan (that’s not covered),” he added.
On November 29, a Caloocan court convicted Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, and Police Officer 1 Jerwin Cruz, and sentenced them to reclusion perpetua, or imprisonment for 20 to 40 years, without eligibility for parole.