The Task Force Balik-Loob and the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and Amnesty Program (EAP) Cluster under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is grateful for the passing of House Concurrent Resolution Number 15, concurring with Presidential Proclamation No. 1093 which grants amnesty to former rebels of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), during the regular session last 19 May 2021. We thank the leadership of the House of Representatives led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco as well as the House Committee on Justice led by Cong Vicente Veloso III and the House Committee on National Defense and Security led by Cong Raul Tupas, for the immediate and favorable action on the amnesty proclamations issued by the President last February 05, 2021.
The overwhelming support by our representatives in Congress will undoubtedly fuel our work towards assisting the former members of the CTG. This is a significant step forward in our bid towards reconciliation and genuine peace.
With the commitment of the national government and advocated by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, former rebels who had decided to turn their backs on the life of violence and choose peace have been, and will be, given a second chance for a better life with their families.
The Task Force Balik-Loob and the EAP Cluster will continue to strive to provide all the support necessary for those who decided to return to the fold of the law. More than the financial and material benefits under the E-CLIP, it is more essential to provide our former rebels with understanding and support as they restart their lives anew.
We are hoping that as the concurrent resolutions are deliberated in the Senate, the proclamation granting amnesty for the former rebels will also be supported and passed as well. This is a crucial step and we have full confidence that our Senators recognize the merit and importance of this measure in the healing and reconciliation process for our former rebels who were led astray by the CTG.
DND Undersecretary Reynaldo B. Mapagu
Chairperson, Task Force Balik-Loob
Chairperson, E-CLIP and Amnesty Program Cluster, NTF-ELCAC