THE PHILIPPINES. PRESIDENT GRANTS REPRIEVE TO 21 DEATH ROW CONVICTS
May 16, 2005: Philippine President Gloria Arroyo granted a 90-day reprieve to 21 convicts scheduled for execution. The convicts, who were originally due to be executed in April and May, had their dates of execution pushed back to July and August following the order sent by Arroyo to the Justice Department.
The 21 convicts had been sentenced to face lethal injection for crimes ranging from rape to murder, kidnapping for ransom and drug trafficking, the department said in a statement. Arroyo did not say why she was postponing the executions. (Sources: Agence France Presse, 16/05/2005)