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THE MARCOS government seeks to expand the amnesty program for Maoist rebels to cover more members once a final peace agreement is reached, according to National Security Adviser Eduardo M. Año.

“Normally, amnesty is being [implemented] after peace talks,” he told a palace briefing.

He also said President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. has ordered the “immediate implementation” of a presidential proclamation granting amnesty to 40,000 ex-members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed and political wings.

This is given that Congress has already concurred with the proclamation, he added. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza

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