|Roxas Asked to Pardon All Collaboration Suspects News Article
|C.W.J. Phelps Collection
|Second Phelps Scrap Book
|University of Virginia Law Library
Roxas Asked to Pardon All Collaboration Suspects Manila, June 27 (AP) – Solicitor General Orenzo Tanada today asked President Manuel Roxas to proclaim general amnesty for all collaboration suspects. There is a growing feeling in the Philippines that the situation is so confused it is difficult to determine the guilty. Tanada asserted the bills pending in Philippine Congress would effectively end all usefulness of the People’s Court trying collaboration cases. He said these bills were drafted to protect collaborationists. The measure, introduced by majority floor leader Vincente Francisco, would prevent the presentation as evidence of any records seized by United States Counter-Intelligence. It also would permit judges who served during the Japanese occupation, to sit on people’s court. (In Washington May 11, Roxas declared during the first news conference of his United States visit, that collaboration trials would continue).