By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:31:00 07/16/2009
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) Malacañang on Thursday declared that the government would not grant amnesty to the Abu Sayyaf, saying leniency could not be granted to “brutal criminals.”
“I have been authorized by the Executive Secretary to advise you that there will be no amnesty granted to the Abu Sayyaf Group,’” deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez said in a briefing.
The decision, he said, was consistent with the government’s position that “such leniency should be extended only to those accused of political offenses, not common criminals especially as brutal as the Abu Sayyaf.”
Apparently, for Gloria Arroyo, the killing of Maureen Hultman was not brutal enough.