PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 35/44/99
18 October 1999
Further information on EXTRA 70/99 (ASA 35/18/99, 11 June 1999) and follow-ups
(ASA 35/19/99, 15 June 1999, ASA 35/32/99, 6 August 1999, ASA 35/34/99, 13
August 1999 and ASA 35/38/99, 22 September 1999) - Imminent execution
PHILIPPINESJurry Andal, farmer
Ricardo Andal, farmer
Edwin Mendoza, labourer
On 14 October 1999 President Estrada commuted the death sentences of brothers
Jurry and Ricardo Andal and their cousin Edwin Mendoza to life imprisonment.
President Estrada decided to grant clemency following the recommendation of
the recently created “conscience committee”.
Jurry Andal, Ricardo Andal and Edwin Mendoza were convicted in 1994 of the
rape and murder of a 22-year-old schoolteacher. The three men had been scheduled
to be executed in June 1999 but were granted temporary reprieves in June and
August 1999. Amnesty International is concerned that they were convicted on
the basis of a statement allegedly made under torture by the main prosecution
witness. The three men continue to maintain their innocence. According to a
report in the Philippine Star, the authorities have not completed DNA tests
intended to establish whether the men were involved in the crime. The “conscience
committee” is said to have taken the men’s willingness to be DNA tested into
account in recommending commutation of their death sentences.
This is the second time that President Estrada has granted clemency on the
advice of the “conscience committee”. The previous day he commuted the death
sentence passed on Josefina Esparas, the first woman scheduled to be executed
in the Philippines. However, Amnesty International fears that executions will
resume imminently, following the “conscience committee’s” rejection of Pablito
Andan’s appeal for clemency.
No further action is required from the network. Many thanks to all those
who sent appeals.