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CRS chief tells CPP-NPA: End life of misery

by ES Subong

Iloilo City (11 September) -- They only need to renounce armed struggle, avail of government's amnesty program and their life of misery will come to an end.

Armed Forces 6th Civil Relations Chief Lowen Gil Marquez said the CPP-NPA-NDF rank and file members who are suffering much in their mountain lairs can now end their misery and nomadic life, with the government's Amnesty program.

President Gloria Arroyo signed last September 6 Proclamation No. 1377 granting amnesty program to the members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People's Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) as well as others who have committed some forms of rebellion.

The Amnesty program covers "crime of rebellion and all other crimes included therein or incident thereto in pursuit of political beliefs as defined by jurisprudence, whether punishable under the Revised Penal Code or special laws."

Marquez said the government is making it easier for the CPP-NPA-NDF members to join the rest of the Filipino communities in pursuing a pathway to peace.

He also said that with the participation of other government agencies, the local government units, the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Western Visayas are ready to welcome those who would like to return to the folds of the law, through the Amnesty Program.

He added that at this time, the AFP-WV and two municipal mayors are negotiating with about eight NPA rebels and their families to return to the mainstream society.

These rebels, Marquez said are beginning to think that it is useless to keep on living a hard life in the mountains while their cadres and their families are living extravagant lives in the cities. (PIA 6) [top]

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