Honasan and retired soldiers meet with the president for amnesty request

RAM members and President Duterte / Photo from Rappler (ctto)

On Wednesday, the members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) led by Senator Gregorio Honasan asked President Rodrigo Duterte for amnesty during their meeting. 
Senator Honasan, together with retired captain Felix Turingan, retired Captain Glen AGudo, retired Navy commodore Rex Robles; retired Colonel James Joven, retired police director Victor Batac, and engineer Jegie Pineda meet with the president.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella relayed that the group “expressed support and offered help to the President.”

“They likewise asked the President for amnesty so that they could receive their back pay and livelihood opportunities for the members of the RAM,” says Abella on Friday.

He added that president Duterte saw the meeting positively but he has yet to give his final decision on the matter.

RAM is a group of military officers that played an important role in the first EDSA people power revolution that ousted the Marcoses from power.

Honasan, one of the founders of RAM used to be the chief security aid of Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile, who supported the plans to knock down the leadership of former president Ferdinand Marcos.

There were also failed coup attempts against former president Corazon Aquino.

These members of RAM were later on imprisoned, charged with rebellion. However, in 1992 Honasan was granted an amnesty for former president Fidel V. Ramos. 

Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla Jr. of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that other RAM members who were not granted with amnesty seek to get their benefits and gratuities.
“Ang hinahabol lang ho yata dito nu’ng mga ilan na hindi nabigyan ng amnesty at napardon ay ‘yung kanilang mga gratuities, ‘yung kanilang mga benefits (Those who were not granted amnesty or pardon were just after their gratuities and benefits),”the spokesperson said. 

He also added that due to age, they may soon need support for medicines and health requirements.

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