On the granting of amnesty to Sen. Antonio Trillanes and other rebel soldiers

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Socio-Political
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We welcome the proclamation of President Benigno Aquino III granting amnesty to Sen. Antonio Trillanes and other rebel soldiers.

It is our hope that the president will also undertake positive steps in addressing the plight of some 388 political prisoners, including the Morong 43. The Department of Justice has submitted to Aquino its recommendations on the 43 detained health workers.

There are some 388 political prisoners from the previous Arroyo regime. Many were staunch critics of GMA who were slapped with trumped-up charges by the now defunct Inter-agency Legal Action Group. Even if the IALAG has been abolished, the damage it has done has not been corrected.

Mr. Aquino can correct the grave injustice committed by IALAG and the previous regime by releasing the political prisoners.

The release of political prisoners will also create a conducive atmosphere for the peace process. ###

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