- After President Duterte announced a ceasefire between government troops and the Reds, Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo filed a bill seeking to grant pardon to jailed communists
- Arroyo said that this bill can help Duterte gain peace with the Reds
- However, those who commit political crimes after the date of the effectivity of the House bill would no longer be able to apply for amnesty
Just days after President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte announced a ceasefire between the government forces and the Reds, Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo filed a bill which seeks amnesty for jailed guerrillas of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and those who are in jail for their involvement in past political conflicts with the government.
House Bill No. 490 was practically identical to Proclamation No. 1377 which Arroyo signed in 2007 when she was the President.
“Accepting rebels back into the folds of the law through amnesty and eventually providing them access to the government’s existing socio-economic services, are essential to attaining peace and reconciliation in the country,” Arroyo stated.
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According to the former President, this House bill can help the Reds reconcile with the government and peacefully return to the society.
“There is an urgent need and expressed desire to extend amnesty to members of the CPP-New People’s Army (NPA)-National Democratic Front (NDF) and other individuals and groups involved in past political conflicts as an instrument of reconciliation and as a path to their return to a peaceful, democratic, and pluralistic society,” Arroyo explained.
She also pointed out that Duterte’s goal of striking peace with the communists after four decades of violent revolution will be immensely helped by her bill.
Arroyo’s amnesty plea for the communists would cover jailed individuals and groups accused of rebelling against the government and those who committed crimes in the pursuit of their political beliefs and principles. Under the filed bill, a jailed communist who files an application for amnesty will not be granted the pardon arbitrarily.
Individuals or groups who are charged, convicted and imprisoned for committing crimes involving rebellion and communism after the date of the House bill’s effectivity would not be given amnesty. -Kami Media