Monday, October 15, 2012

Reds won’t go back to negotiating table

From the Manila Standard Today (Oct 15): Reds won’t go back to negotiating table

The draft framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is useless in getting the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army to the negotiating table, National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni said Sunday. “The propaganda of the GPH [Government of the Philippines] on the signing of this Framework next week is to pressure the NDFP to agree on a ceasefire and resume formal GPH-NDFP peace negotiations,” he said in a statement released by the CPP Bureau. First, Jalandoni said, the government should comply with the basic binding GRP/GPH bilateral agreements such as the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. “The JASIG requires the GPH to release 13 NDFP Consultants in GPH prisons. The CARHRIHL requires the release of political prisoners who have been charged, detained or convicted for common crimes in violation of the Hernandez political offense doctrine,” he said. “There are some 385 political prisoners, 107 of them arrested and detained under the current Aquino regime....”

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