Palace issues new amnesty proclamation

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday signed Proclamation No. 75 granting amnesty to
active and former officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),
the Philippine National Police (PNP) and their supporters involved in the three attempts to
overthrow his predecessor.

The new amnesty proclamation takes effect upon the concurrence of the majority of all members
of Congress. It also supersedes Proclamation No. 50, which was issued on October 11, 2010.

Proclamation No. 75 covers crimes punishable under the Revised Penal Code, the Articles of
War and other laws in connection with the July 2003 Oakwood mutiny, the February 2006 Marine
stand-off and the November 2007 Peninsula Manila hotel incident.

The amnesty, however, does not cover “rape, acts of torture, crimes against chastity, and other
crimes committed for personal ends.”

Personnel of the AFP and the PNP and their supporters may apply for the amnesty with the
Department of National Defense (DND) within 90 days after the publication of the proclamation in
newspapers of general circulation.

Enlisted personnel of the AFP with the rank of technical sergeant and below and PNP personnel
with the rank of senior police officer 3 (SP03) and below whose amnesty application will be
approved are entitled to reinstatement or reintegration.

Under the proclamation, however, they are “not entitled to back pay during the time they have
been discharged or suspended from the service or unable to perform their military or police
duties.”

Master sergeants and all commissioned officers of the AFP and all PNP officers with the rank of
SP04 and above are not entitled to reinstatement or reintegration and back pay.

All AFP and PNP personnel who will be granted amnesty but will not be reinstated or reintegrated
will be entitled to retirement and separation benefits if they qualify under existing laws and
regulations at the time of their separation, unless such benefits are forfeited for reasons other
than acts covered by the proclamation.

The new amnesty proclamation includes revisions based on input from legislators involved in
congressional hearings on Proclamation No. 50. (PCOO)

Luzon, Visayas gibutang usab sa high alert level sa PNP

GIBUTANG sa heightened alert status ang mga police units sa Luzon ug Visayas sugod Martes sa udto agig paglikay sa posibleng pagbalos sa pagpangatake sa grupo sa Abu Sayyaf.

Ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ug ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) nipasaka na sa ilang alert levels sa pinakataas nga status sa Mindanao human sa pagkamatay ni Gafur Jumdail, ang igsoong lalaki ni Abu Sayyaf lider Gumbahali Jumdail a.k.a. Dr. Abu, ug duha sa iyang mga sakop sa lungsod sa Maimbung sa milabay’ng Sabado.

Gimanduan na ni PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa ang tanang PNP units nga dugangan ang pagbantay ug seguridad sa tanang vital installations, lakip na ang mga airport, pantalan, simbahan, publiko ug ubang lugar nga tagbuanan nga posibleng target sa teroristang kalihokan.

Gi dugang usab sa tigpamaba sa PNP nga si Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, Jr. nga wala pa hinuon sila nakadawat og tahu nga ang mga Abu Sayyaf adunay planong mo atake sa Luzon ug Visayas.

Gipasabot ni Cruz nga ang pagpasaka sa alert level parte lamang sa ilang security measures.

Gipasalig hinuon ni Cruz nga ang PNP magpabiling magbantay sa mga panghitabo ilabi na ang niaging encounter sa Mindanao. (PIA-Bohol)

Gen. Bangit bows out of AFP, warns of ‘dangerous precedent’

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Delfin Bangit on Tuesday bowed out of service with a warning: that what happened to him may set a “dangerous precedent” to future heads of the Philippine military organization.

“My concern is that this might set a dangerous precedent. What happened to me might happen to future chiefs of staff during a transition of government,” Bangit said in a speech during the turnover ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Bangit was forced to cut short his tour of duty after President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III openly rejected him to be his military chief of staff. He was supposed to retire on July 31, 2011 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

Bangit is the first Armed Forces chief in recent history to have been eased out during the turn of a new administration. Last week, he submitted his early retirement application to Mrs. Arroyo, who in turn approved it on June 21.

Armed Forces vice chief of staff Lt. Gen. Nestor Ochoa will assume Bangit’s post in an acting capacity and stay there for the remainder of President Arroyo’s tenure, which ends on June 30. (PIA-Bohol)

AFP, PNP lower alert levels ahead of schedule

THE Armed Forces and the PNP have lowered their alert levels as the May 10 elections went generally peaceful.

The military alert was downgraded to blue from red Tuesday night. The highest alert was raised April 29 to ensure the AFP’s preparedness for the elections. It was supposed to be in effect until May 20.

The PNP downgraded its alert level in Regions 1 to 8 (Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and the Western, Eastern and Central Visayas), the Cordilleras, National Capital Region, and its National Support Units to heightened, from full, at Wednesday noon.

Security forces in Regions 9 to 13 (Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, Caraga), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Special Action Force remain on full alert.

PNP chief Jesus Verzosa said the situation nationwide has normalized two days after Election Day.

Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno, spokesman of the military’s Task Force Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections, said AFP chief Gen. Delfin Bangit downgraded the alert status based on the task force’s recommendation. (PIA-Bohol)

AFP may laing hinagiban batok ni Kumander Bravo

MAY LAING suliran si Kumander Bravo ug ang iyang mga gisakopan.

Sa napauso nga text messaging, namiligro si Bravo nga masayran gilayon sa militar ang iyang nahimutangan, kay itext man lang kini ngadto sa nga sakop sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Matud ni Capt. Ralph Dela Cruz, OIC, OG7, First Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, daku ug ikatabang ang nag-abot-abot nga mga taho kabahin sa nahimutangan sa mga rebelde.

Nakita sa AFP ang kaugmaran nga timailhang may pagpanginlabot na ang katawhan aron ipabahol na ang kalinaw sa Mindanao. (PIA/rachiu)