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165 PDLs granted parole amid COVID-19 pandemic

At least 165 convicted prisoners have been granted parole in connection with the government’s aim to decongest detention facilities amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte told Congress on Monday.

Aside from the 165 prisoners, 21 persons deprived of liberty have been recommended to the Department of Justice for conditional pardon without parole conditions, 24 with parole conditions while 46 have been recommended for commutation of their sentences.

A total of 454 paroles have been deferred pending verification by the National Bureau of Investigation, Duterte said.

The government earlier said those who will be released on parole will have to undergo quarantine at a facility in their respective penal farm and colony before being freed. -- BAP, GMA News