Presidential Communications Operations Office



  PIA Bldg, Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  Friday, 26 April 2019 News Before 1 Feb 2012. Click for Latest
Web PIA  
 
home
 
about
 
fotos
 
info
 
links
 
ncrr01carr02r03calmimr05r06r07r08r09r10r11r12r13
 << April 2019 >> 
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Special News Editions:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Ilocano.Waray.Hiligaynon
Pangasinan.Other
PIA Specials:
NEW! Cabinet Officials
Jobs.Slides.Specials.Ads. Events.ASEAN.Multimedia
Visitors since 15 Feb 2011:
PIA News Archive:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Waray.Hiligaynon.Ilocano
Pangasinan.All
PIA Archive News Reader

PIA Press Release
2010/11/30

House studies amendments on PNoy's amnesty proclamation

Manila (30 November) -- The House Committees on Justice and National Defense have decided to create a committee that will study proposed amendments to Proclamation 50 issued by President Aquino granting amnesty to soldiers that figured in the Oakwood mutiny, Marines standoff and the Manila Peninsula Hotel incident.

On the second joint committee hearing on House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 7 concurring with the amnesty proclamation, justice committee chair Rep. Neil Tupas Jr. (5th District, Iloilo) called for the creation of a small working group to draft possible suggestions for amendments of the proclamation.

HCR 7 was filed by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Deputy Speaker Lorenzo R. Taņada and Majority Leader Neptali M. Gonzales II.

Rep. Rodolfo Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City), Chairman of the House Committee on National Defense, said amnesty is a shared power between the President and Congress and such becomes effective only after concurrence of majority of all members of Congress.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who was present during the hearing, said the President is willing to amend Proclamation 50. He said they are ready to clarify the "effectivity clause" and the coverage of the amnesty proclamation.

"We are likewise ready to consider these proposals and if necessary, we may agree to amend the proclamation," Ochoa said. He added that the lawmakers can list down the necessary amendments and submit them to the President for consideration.

Ochoa explained that under Proclamation 50, the applicants - AFP officers and personnel - have to show proof of participation in the three incidents covered by the issuance. They may be granted amnesty but there shall be no reinstatement or reintegration into the armed forces, he added.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told the hearing that amnesty is essentially a presidential prerogative and that Congress cannot introduce amendments. She also said admission of guilt is not a condition precedent for amnesty; otherwise it will be like pardon where conviction will be required.

Also present during the hearing were National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Gen. Danilo Lim, Col. Ariel Querubin and Feliciano Commission Members Commodore Rex Robles and Capt. Roland Narciso.

Senator Antonio Trillanes was also invited but did not attend the hearing out of delicadeza despite permission from the court. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

|«  prev  next  »|
DAILY NEWS LIST:
»Tagalog News: DOLE iginiit na hindi nangangailagan ng Filipino nurses ang Israel
»Tagalog News: DSWD Sec. Soliman, nakiusap na wag bigyan ng pera ang mga batang lansangan na nagcacarolling sa daan
»Government calls for intensified breastfeeding promotion among pregnant women
»Leyte dad joins high-level confab for nat'l land use policy
»Cebuano News: Palasyo nagsiguro nga ipadayon ang panagsabot sa kalinaw tali sa mga rebelde, MILF
»Cebuano News: Pilipinas mikondena sa pag-atake sa North Korea sa South Korea
»Cebuano News: DOLE nag-ingon nga dili kinahanglan ang mga Filipino nars sa Israel
»Cebuano News: Presidente Aquino midepensa sa pag-iban sa budget sa SUCs
»Waray-Waray News: Aquino gindepensahan an pag-iban san budget san state universities
»Caraga Region: Sweet 16 on 2011
|«  prev  next  »|

Philippine Official Gazette | Office of the President | Presidential Communications Operations Office
For comments and feedback, please email PIA Newsdesk
Copyright © 2005 Philippine Information Agency
PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines