By Jason de Asis
The granting of amnesty by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to eligible members of different rebels and insurgent groups who may have committed crimes in pursuit of their political beliefs will generate unity in the country.
The issuance of Proclamation No. 403, 404, 405, and 406, will surely a good step towards the full transformation of both active and former members of New Peoples’ Army, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB) into productive and peaceful citizens of our country.
This positive development will help the members of the various rebel groups to avail the comprehensive transformation process. The Amnesty program is an integral part of the implementation of the country’s Comprehensive Peace Process. It will generate real reconciliation, unity and prosperity to let our economy grow while nurturing peace as a key step to development. We, the Filipinos, should always recognize the potential for healing and reconciliation in our communities. The amnesty proclamation opens a door for a renewed sense of unity and understanding, fostering an environment where former rebels as well as their families can rebuild their lives, uplift their conditions, and contribute positively to our shared goal of pursuing peace in the country. We should continue the “whole-of-nation” to resolve the decades-old conflict and peace process in the country.
President Marcos’ amnesty program is a great help towards unity, peace, reconciliation and progress. Furthermore, the statement of National Security Adviser Eduardo Año is cognizant of the proclamation of Pres. BBM, Jr. to open avenues for all rebel groups to surrender and join the fold of the mainstream society which offers them to be productive and live peacefully. This comprehensive peace initiation is geared towards achieving reconciliation and national unity. It provides healing and good promises for their own future and their respective families.
The rebel returnees should without second thinking accept this opportunity as His Excellency PBBM, Jr. is truly guided by the Holy Spirit to provide a climate conducive for peace and reconciliation.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit radiate in the personality and character of the President. Love, forgiveness, hope, and economic provisions are in the heart of PBBM Jr. Undoubtedly, His Excellency is a true instrument of God in propagating His words. To God be the highest glory.
AFP Chief of Staff General Romeo S. Brawner’s statement is parallel to the statement of Sec. Ano. This parallelism powerfully indicates that the two heads of uniformed men are the pillars in implementing comprehensive peace initiation in cohort with óther government agencies who shall work hand in hand to achieve the preset goals concerning peace and reconciliation. God says, “If people shall pray and kneel, I will heal their lands”. Some past Presidents attempted this overdue program yet futile for one reason or the other.
It would be because of a lack of a comprehensive program, lack of finances. Truly it was the lack of political will which Pres. PBBM has it overflowing and has the teeth to implement the program. The empowerment of the Holy Spirit of His Excellency finds its channel to both Gen. Brawner and Sec Ano. Let everyone therefore,” Seek first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness and all shall be added into you”.
The Filipinos are ALL EYES AND ALL EARS to this God guided program. Let us join hands in prayers and claim VICTORY in the Mighty name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. In the worldly scenario, as explained, reconciliation is best to be achieved between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the rebel returnees; however, in the words of God, reconciliation should not be mouthed. We must WALK THE TALK.
THE real impact of reconciliation is CHANGE IN THE LIVES OF THE RETURNEES. THE sufferings and difficulties are considered as blessings in the part of the believers. After the hurdling of such darkness in life, one becomes a better person, a renewed person and has the right to say,” “I am a child of God.”
We must listen, must believe and must put into action whatever promises or avenues opened for the lost brethren; however, in spite of the laid-out programs to be provided, some of the lawmakers are grandstanding in the congress for the sake, per se, of safeguarding the youth and teachers in the academe, the TRUE INTENTION of which is to recruit students and teachers to join the rebel organization.
There are bitter roots which are needed to be uprooted in the congress itself. The Bible says that the truth shall set us free.