Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Philippines: Foreign Office Minister welcomes decision to grant Billy Burton clemency

Press release   •   Dec 27, 2011 10:15 GMT

Speaking earlier today, Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne gave a statement.

The Minister said:

“I welcome the news that President Aquino has decided to grant Billy Burton clemency. I supported Billy’s clemency appeal given the compelling, compassionate circumstances of his case, and discussed it with both President Aquino and Justice Secretary, Leila De Lima, during my recent visit to the Philippines.

“I know that this news will be warmly welcomed by Billy’s family and his supporters at the Thalidomide Trust who have campaigned tirelessly on Billy’s behalf.”