Government amnesty program

The National Amnesty Commission (NAC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) recently signed a Memorandum
of Agreement (MOA) to attain the objectives of the amnesty program of the government. The agreement was signed
by NAC Chairperson Leah C. Tanodra-Armamento and her fellow Amnesty Commissioners Jamar M. Kulayan, Nasser A. Marohomsalic with PNP Chief Police General Rommel Francisco D Marbil, represented by his officers Police Lieutenant General Michael John F Dubria and Police Colonel Joseph R. Arguelles.

The activity which demonstrated the collaborative efforts between NAC and PNP was held on June 10, 2024 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. The MOA focus on nurturing climate conducive for peace, reconciliation and the reintegration of members from the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas/
Revolutionary Proletarian Army/ Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMPRPAABB). And former members of the
Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s ArmyNational Democratic Front (CPPNPA-NDF) and their front organizations, members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), into mainstream society.

“Aside from collaboration and coordination, the MOA aims to ensure the safety and security of individuals applying for amnesty through the issuance and recognition of the Provisional Safe Conduct Pass (PSCP) and the Safe Conduct
Pass (SCP), which are effective until the President acts on the application for amnesty, and to enhance public awareness to contribute to long-term peace,” stated by NAC Chairperson Tanodra-Armamento. “As we embark on this collaborative journey, let us reaffirm our commitment to the rule of law, human rights, and the pursuit of peace.

Together, we aim to promote healing and reconciliation in our country, creating an environment where former adversaries can find common ground and build a better future for everyone,” quoted the message of PNP Chief Police General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil, as read by Police Lieutenant General Michael John F. Dubria. The MOA provides assistance for the NAC in vetting the information of the applicants for amnesty at the local and/or national level pursuant to its powers and functions under Republic Act (R.A.) No. 6975, as amended by R.A. No. 8851.

Moreover, the PNP shall acknowledge the safe conduct passes issued by the NAC so that the applicants will have
peace of mind not to be arrested while their applications for amnesty are in process, unless they are intended to be arrested for the commission of acts that are not covered by the Amnesty Program.

Feurella Forosan/UC-Intern

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