Creation of an Amnesty organization before the end of the year – Galvez

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Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Presidential Adviser for Peace, answers questions from reporters during the FR Regional Summit at the Army’s 1st Infantry Division Headquarters in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, Friday, October 8, 2022. (Photo by LEAH AGONOY/Inquirer Mindanao)

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga deL Sur, Philippines — The establishment of the National Amnesty Commission (NAC) before the end of the year is a priority for Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU), its leader, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., said on Friday.

A shortlist of names is already being evaluated, Galvez told reporters at a regional summit of former communist guerrillas the military calls “Rescued Friends”.

The NAC, as specified in Executive Order No. 125, which was signed on February 18, 2021 by then-President Rodrigo Duterte, will consist of a President and six Commissioners.

Of the six, four will be ex-officio members, namely the Justice Secretary, the Defense Secretary, the Interior Secretary and the Presidential Adviser for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity. The other two will be regular members.

The NAC’s proposed budget has already been submitted to Congress, according to Galvez.

Galvez said he hopes the NAC, once established, can begin processing applications as soon as possible.

The army is expected to draw up a list of former rebels with pending cases, which will be assessed by the National Intelligence Coordination Agency, with the aim of issuing safe conduct as part of the security transition.

The pass will be issued by OPAPRU.

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