State security forces illegally arrested Rogelio Posadas, a peace talks consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Posadas was arrested by elements of the 67th IB in Barangay Punao, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. He is currently held at the Philippine National Police detention center in Cadiz City, in the same province.
In a statement, NDFP chief negotiator Ka Luis Jalandoni roundly assailed the illegal arrest. Posadas was issued NDFP Document Identification No. ND978313 under the name Angel Jose. A Letter of Acknowledgment had also been issued by Silvestre H. Bello III, who chaired the GPH Negotiation Panel during the Ramos regime. Posadas is therefore covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).
Jalandoni demanded that the Aquino government release Posadas and 14 other NDFP consultants who are likewise being illegally detained. He said this was the GPH’s obligation under the JASIG, the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and other existing bilateral peace agreements.
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