Tag: amnesty

On MNLF Founding Chairman Nur Misuari’s Call for Amnesty for the Abu Sayyaf

Just by merely asking that the Abu Sayyaf be granted amnesty smacks of bad faith and scheming tactic on the part of Misuari. He is surely aware that we do not negotiate with terrorists. There is not even a shred of political ideology in every ASG member, only their insatiability for violence against helpless victims and of course, money.

While the AFP is in a relentless pursuit of a nearly decimated band of terrorists, here comes Misuari having the audacity to suggest amnesty. To think of our soldiers as well as their kidnap victims being tortured, mutilated and beheaded would be enough to make even the most decent human being think of retribution and vengeance.

The government should seriously consider asking the court that suspended Misuari’s warrant of arrest to immediately reinstate the same and put him in jail.

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Lacson: Why Not Grant Amnesty to Cops, Soldiers in Counter-Insurgency Ops?

If the government can grant amnesty to political prisoners as part of goodwill efforts for peace talks with communist rebels, why not extend this to policemen and soldiers involved in anti-insurgency operations as well?

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson raised this question at a budget hearing Tuesday, where Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the chief government peace negotiator with communist rebels, was in attendance.

β€œSince there is a program for the grant of amnesty to political prisoners, perhaps we can include policemen and soldiers facing charges on account of participation in counterinsurgency operations,” Lacson said.Β  Continue reading “Lacson: Why Not Grant Amnesty to Cops, Soldiers in Counter-Insurgency Ops?”