By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is open to granting amnesty to members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) following a meeting in Malacañang.
The group of ex-rebel soldiers led by Senator Gregorio Honasan met the President last Wednesday seeking amnesty and expressing support to his government, according to Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella.
“I believe he viewed it with — positively. I don’t know the exact action that he will take but the fact that he met with them shows that he is quite open to their requests,” Abella said when asked about the group’s request for amnesty.
RAM is the group of military officers involved in the ouster of then President Marcos during the 1986 EDSA people power revolution. It was also implicated in several coup attempts against the late President Corazon Aquino.
Abella said the RAM members expressed “support and offered help” to the President during the Palace meeting.
“They likewise asked the President for amnesty so that they could receive their back pay and livelihood opportunities for the members of the RAM,” he said.
Aside from Honasan, other RAM officers present in the meeting were retired Captains Felix Turingan and Glen Agudo, Commodore Rex Robles, Colonels Marcelino Malajacan Jr., Hernando Caraig and James Joven, Police Director Victor Batac, and engineer Jegie Pereda.
Also present in the meeting were Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
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