What's your opinion about the release of Tehankee Jr.?

Philippines
October 7, 2008 7:55pm CST
Being a fellow Filipino, I know that you already learned about the release of the convicted murderer Claudio Teehankee Jr. In case you were still young that time, he was proven beyond reasonable doubt that he killed Maureen Hultman some 17 years ago. No need to mention other details as I assume you already heard about it. The President's decision is final and nobody can change it. Now, I am asking about your honest opinion about it based on real facts. However, please be kind and to do not use hurting words as this discussion was NOT made to destroy him or his family. Thanks!
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7 responses
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I felt sad for the teehankee family.With that incident,it only made me realize that being in power in our country not only means fame and glory,it also means you can have what you want,in whatever and however way you want it.with out considering the facts and the victims feelings.i just wish that maureen and his friends are in peace right now inspite of that.atleast they can have thier rest and no worries,unlike Teehankee who deep inside him,knows what he deserve...
@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
8 Oct 08
[i]It's very disappointing and very obvious that it has some political reasons and what is bad about it is that, they were talking that the family received 6 million plus pesos as a payment which was denied by the mother of the victim and for sure, they will not accept any amount from this murderer! Very sad and I do know, I am so discouraged by our leaders![/i]
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
The president is just proving to her people that justice is indeed unfair in our country.
@babyno2 (10)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
I honestly believe that Philippine politics plays a major role in Teehankee's release. What was done a long time ago was a crime so grave, that if a different person of a different societal level has committed would/nt get this same treatment. The convicted has the money, the power and the connections that he used to his advantage to free himself a lot earlier than what he was charged and should be serving still in prison
@ganda8831 (816)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
I was really very shocked when i read this news in the newspaper. I wondered how come he's going to get out of prison he killed two people. Im not a lawyer but he should have gotten a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Alot of people are reacting to this news and i think again the president will be under fire because of this. The justice system here in our country should really be reevaluated.
@zenki08 (700)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
This is indeed sad news. But as you said the decision of the president is final and no body can reverse it. I was very shocked upon hearing this news. I am not surprised that a lot of people were sad of this news because this was a very celebrated case. But as a Catholic I do believe in forgiveness and I hope that the accused has indeed turned over a new leaf.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
I feel a little bit of disappointed about the situation, there are two versions of the story that is coming out. First side of the story is Hultman's denying they agreed for the release of Teehankee, and the second side of the story that administration is claiming that the Hultman's have already agreed that is why they approved of her executive clemency. what I see in here is that money and influence has moved and changed hands somewhere along the way. I also see that only those that have money and influence are the ones given the pardon but I haven't seen anyone that came from a poor convicts are given the chance of pardon. I just don't see any reasons why these people are given the opportunity to be freed from their conviction where they are supposed to be there for life.