Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga

By CBCP News

June 1 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A Catholic bishop has lauded the royal decree issued by King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, pardoning and releasing 16 Filipino inmates.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga described the release as “very compassionate and goodwill gestures” of Al Khalifa.

“He has given them new life. His pardon is great help and assurance of healing especially in this time of pandemic,” he said.

Santos, who is also the Vice Chairman of the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said they are “very grateful” to Bahrain officials “who made this valuable asssistance and merciful pardon possible”.

“At the same time, we pray and hope that this inspiring example would lead all of us to value our works, our relationships and lives for the best and as blessings to others,” he added.

The Philippine government on Sunday announced the granting of royal pardon to 16 Filipinos, including two who were pardoned on the occasion of Eid’l Fitr.