In Photo- President Rodrigo R. Duterte signs the executive order creating the National Amnesty Commission

PRRD creates National Amnesty Commission

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao- President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed last Monday, February 8 the proclamation creating the National Amnesty Commission (NAC) comprising seven members such as the secretaries of defense, justice, and interior and local government and the presidential peace adviser as ex-officio members.
The body will be responsible for accepting, processing and approving applications for amnesty. The proclamation needs the concurrence of congress for it to take effect.

Malacañang described the NAC as” a step towards attaining peace in the country.”

“The creation of the NAC will greatly improve the implementation of the normalization track of the transition period,” said lawyer Mary Ann Arnado, Secretary General of nongovernment Mindanao People’s Caucus (MPC).

Peace advocates in Mindanao welcomed the creation by President Rodrigo Duterte of the National Amnesty Commission (NAC) saying it augured well for combatants of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to live normal lives, a Mindanao Inquirer report said Thursday, February 11.

“The grant of amnesty to the MILF combatants and members will help them return back to civilian lives without fear that they could be facing prosecution and arrests,” Arnado added.

 “The granting of amnesty sends a clear and strong message that the government understands the root causes of the decades-long armed conflict in Mindanao, and is giving these former combatants the chance for a fresh start,” said presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez in a statement.

.Granting amnesty is part of the normalization program agreed between the government and the MILF in a peace pact signed in 2014.