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Arroyo presses Senate on amnesty

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:52:00 10/16/2008

MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pressed Senate to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and pass her administration’s amnesty grant for communist rebels.

“The amnesty, thank you to the congressmen and to the Deputy Speaker, was passed in the House of Representatives. All that’s needed is Senate’s approval,” Arroyo said in a speech before the Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA) in Calapan City on Thursday.

Referring to a resolution by the local officials in the Mimaropa region, which calls for the passage of amnesty, Arroyo said: “Our secretariat will send this resolution to the Senate, so that they will know that the people of Mimaropa are for amnesty to speed up the
return of the rebels to the folds of the law.”

The Mimaropa region in Southern Luzon is composed of the island provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. Communist insurgents are the main security threat in the region.

“We thank our good soldiers who fight the insurgency. Our policemen are also good. They are helping the soldiers fight the rebels,” she said.

In late 2007, Arroyo issued Proclamation 1377, granting amnesty for members of the Communist Party of the Philippines, its political wing, the National Democratic Front, and its armed wing, the New People’s Army.

Arroyo’s move came as formal peace negotiations have been stalled since 2004, with the rebels protesting the government’s alleged inaction in having them removed from the United States and European Union lists of terrorist organizations.

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