Imee Marcos in no position to propose total amnesty - CPP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Thursday said Senator Imee Marcos is in no position to propose the grant of total amnesty to communist rebels who want to surrender, given the widely documented atrocities committed during her father's rule.

CPP information officer Marco Valbuena said there were a lot of rebels who resisted former President Ferdinand E. Marcos' dictatorship, where tens of thousands of human rights abuses were committed, based on estimates of local and international groups.

"Wala sa katayuan si Imee na mag-alok ng 'pagpapatawad' gayong hindi pa nga sila nakapagbayad sa kanilang mga hindi mabilang na krimen at kasalanan sa taumbayan," Valbuena said in a statement.

[Translation: Imee is in no position to offer "forgiveness" when her family has not even paid for their countless crimes and sins against the Filipino people.]

Senator Marcos floated the proposal on Wednesday, the same day the country commemorated the 50th anniversary of her father's declaration of martial law. She said she will discuss it with her brother, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., and that she wants the total amnesty to also cover former members of the military who participated in coups.

"Ngayon na ang panahon upang umpisahan ang total amnesty ng kaliwa man at pati na rin ng kanang hanay ng mga nag-kudeta at iba pa. Pagkat ang pagpapatawad ang umpisa ng pagkakaisa," the lawmaker said.

[Translation: Now is the time to start the total amnesty for members of the left wing, as well as of the right wing who staged coups. That's because forgiveness is the start of unity.]

Should the move push through, Senator Bato dela Rosa said he expects several rebels to avail of the amnesty. Senator Francis Tolentino, however, believes the proposal should be studied further.

"Siguro, 'yung total wipeout nung effects ng krimen na nagawa dapat masusing pag-aralan pa rin 'yun," Tolentino said.

[Translation: Perhaps, the total wipeout of the effects of the crime committed should be carefully reviewed.]

"Pero [But] to have a fresh start probably would be good for our society…As long as there is sincerity," he added.

In July, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict already recommended offering amnesty to communist rebels, but it gave no details.

CNN Philippines' Eimor Santos contributed to this report.