Feb 8, 2021 @ 17:44

‘Parang walang nangyari:’ Duterte signs order granting creating panel to grant amnesty

President Rodrigo Duterte surprised the public with a kind and conciliatory issuance on Monday, February 8.

His spokesman abogado Harry Roque said Duterte ordered the ceration National Amnesty Commission, which he describes as a concrete step to restoring peace and welcoming back criminals to the wider society.

The seven-member panel will be composed by the Secretaries of the Department of Justice, National Defense, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, plus other appointees.

“Ang primary task po ng National Amnesty Commission ay tumanggap at magproseso ng mga aplikasyon ng amnestiya at tukuyin ang mga aplikanteng puwedeng mabigyan nito in connection with the recent amnesty proclamations pending concurrence of Congress,” Roque explained, adding that the draft amnesty proclamations need to be ratified by both Houses before taking effect.

“Ang amnestiya po ay isang kapangyarihan ng Presidente na nagbubura sa mga pangyayari,” the abogado added, saying those previously convicted of crimes like rebellion will benefit from this new strategy.

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