Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte revealed he had offered to grant former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pardon once he takes office, but the incumbent Second District Pampanga Representative has declined.
“Ayaw niya. I offered her. I said, ‘When I become President, I will pardon you.’ I talked to her. Sabi ko, ‘Ma’am, gusto mo i-pardon kita?’Not because we’re friends but because I do not think there is a good case against you as a prosecutor and as a lawyer,” he said in an interview with reporters in Davao City on Monday evening.
“’Ayaw ko kasi to be eligible for pardon you have to admit the sin,’” Duterte quoted Arroyo’s response to his offer.
Duterte believes that Arroyo had been deprived of a speedy trial.
“She has been detained for so long. What it has been like, two years?” he said.
“Under the Constitution, ground talaga yan eh. You cannot prejudice the case.”In the campaign trail, Duterte has repeatedly said that he wants Arroyo to be freed from her hospital arrest.