Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Repost From GMA News.TV

Aquino signs proclamation giving amnesty to 'mutineers'

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III said he has signed a proclamation granting amnesty to soldiers involved in the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and the Marine standoff in 2006.

In a chance interview on Tuesday, Aquino said the approval of both chambers of Congress is needed before the decree could take effect.

"I signed it [the proclamation] yesterday (Monday)," he said.

"The process is there's a proclamation, which needs concurrence by both chambers of of Congress, then it becomes a law," the president said.

He added that the Department of National Defense will then process the applications for amnesty if the proclamation is approved.

If approved by Congress, the proclamation would pave the way for the release of detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Trillanes, a former Navy official, is facing charges before military and civilian courts for his participation in two attempts to overthrow the Arroyo administration. — LBG/VVP, GMANews.TV

Reposted From GMA News.TV

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