Wed. Jun 23rd, 2021

Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez Jr. welcomed the House of Representatives’ concurrence to President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamations that grant amnesty to members of four local revolutionary groups.

(Courtesy: Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News)

According to Galvez, this development “marks another major milestone in the comprehensive Philippine peace process.”

With the adoption of concurrent Resolutions 12, 13, 14, and 15 on May 19, the Lower House concurred with Presidential Proclamations 1090, 1091, 1092 and 1093 issued in February 2021.

The resolutions provide amnesty to qualified members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Rebolusyunaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB), and Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).

“We thank and commend the Lower House through the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco for the adoption of these resolutions. This move supports President Duterte’s desire to give these former rebels the chance to rebuild their lives as productive and peaceful members of the society,” Galvez said.

“The Duterte Administration is committed to realizing its vision of finally putting an end to the armed conflict in the country by fulfilling the commitments it has made under all peace agreements, and achieving a just and lasting peace for all Filipinos,” he added.

In the Presidential Proclamation 1093, President Duterte emphasized the “need for the government to act on rebel and insurgent returnees’ request for the grant of amnesty so that they may live in peace in the pursuit of productive endeavors without prejudice to any legal arrangement that may result from a negotiated settlement which the government is pursuing with the various rebel and insurgent groups.”

The President further said that : “an amnesty program is an integral component of the government’s peace efforts.”

Velasco, Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, and Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano spearheaded the concurrent resolutions.

These resolutions were earlier initiated, pushed and approved in the House Committees on Justice and on National Defense and Security, chaired by Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso III and Iloilo Rep. Raul Tupas, last April.

In a press release, Velasco said they “are one with President Duterte in his noble desire to give Muslim and communist insurgents a second chance at life.” SOVEREIGNPH

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