Senate urged to pass amnesty bill for communist rebels

by Kobakila News

MANILA (Apr. 13) — To attain peace and reconciliation in the country, Presidential peace adviser Avelino I. Razon Jr. has urged the Senate for the passage of a similar earlier approved by the Lower House granting amnesty to communist rebels.

Under Section 2 of Proclamation No. 1377, Razon said, amnesty “covers the crime of rebellion and all other crimes included therein or incident thereto in pursuit of political belief as defined by jurisprudence, whether punishable under teh Revised Penal Code or special laws.”

Not covered are crimes against chastity, rape, torture, kidnapping for ransom, use and trafficking of illegal drugs and other crimes for personal ends and violations of international law or convention and protocols, he added.

“Amnesty is a major path for the return of former rebels to a peaceful, democratic, and pluralistic society,” said Razon, adding that “amnesty is an instrument of reconciliation.”

He also said amnesty centers will be established in the provinces, towns and cities all over the country under the supervision of the Peace and Order Councils (POCs).

The POCs would be composed of the provincial or city prosecutor’s office as chair, as well as representatives from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the DILG, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the brigade/battalion level of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the area, and OPAPP members.

According to Razon, those whose amnesty applications are approved will be issued certificates by the NCSI.  Amnesty applicants will also be issued safe conduct passes.

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