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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Grants Amnesty to Former Rebels

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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Grants Amnesty to Former Rebels

In a significant move aimed at fostering lasting peace, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has extended amnesty to former rebels through Proclamations 403 to 406. This amnesty encompasses crimes such as rebellion, insurrection, conspiracy, disloyalty of public officers, and sedition, committed in the pursuit of political beliefs. The amnesty specifically includes members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

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Unveiling the National Amnesty Commission

Alongside the amnesty proclamations, President Marcos Jr. revamped the existing Executive Order No. 125 by issuing Executive Order No. 47, thereby establishing the National Amnesty Commission. The primary role of this commission is to oversee the reception and processing of amnesty applications, thereby determining the eligibility of applicants under the new proclamations.

(Read Also: President Marcos Grants Amnesty to Rebels in a Push for Peace)

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Diverse Reactions to the Amnesty Proclamation

The amnesty proclamation has elicited a broad spectrum of reactions. Senator Grace Poe perceives the amnesty grant as a catalyst to encourage rebels to reintegrate into mainstream society. In contrast, the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives has expressed skepticism, calling for an end to state-perpetrated human rights violations prior to offering amnesty.

Exclusions and Support for the Amnesty

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Despite the comprehensive coverage, the amnesty does not include grave offenses and crimes such as terrorism, kidnap for ransom, massacre, rape, and drug-related charges. This amnesty initiative has received full backing from the National Security Council and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

(Read Also: Vice President Sara Duterte Calls for Respect of President Marcos’ Stance on ICC Jurisdiction)

The Amnesty in Context

Amnesty, as Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Raymund "LRay" Villafuerte points out, has been a practice exercised by almost all Philippine Presidents before President Marcos. The current government, demonstrating its readiness to welcome those who renounce violence and pledge allegiance to the state, continues this tradition. The Department of National Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines, also supports the amnesty, viewing it as a significant stride towards ending all armed conflicts in the country.

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