Te says reclusion perpetua different from life imprisonment
After the landmark decision on the Ampatuan massacre on Thursday, abogado Ted Te discussed some of the nuances in the judge’s verdict.
Three Ampatuan brothers and 25 others were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the killing of 57 of the 58 people on Nov. 23, 2009. They were sentenced to reclusion perpetua.
In his tweet, Te said reclusion perpetua is different from life imprisonment.
“Reclusion Perpetua without benefit of parole under RA 9346 is superfluous; cf. Act 4103,” he said.
According to Te, reclusion perpetua is an indivisible penalty governed by the Revised Penal Code, whereas, life imprisonment is a penalty governed under special penal laws.
Since reclusion perpetua is “indivisible” and has to be “imposed entirely,” Te said parole could not be granted.
#LawNotes #TeachingMoments from #AmpatuanMassacreVerdict: (1) Reclusion Perpetua is different from Life Imprisonment. Discuss. (2) Reclusion Perpetua without benefit of parole under RA 9346 is superfluous; cf. Act 4103.Discuss.
— Theodore Te (@TedTe) December 19, 2019