Monday, August 3, 2015

GPH panel Chair: "Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala is not covered by Jasig"

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 3): GPH panel Chair: "Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala is not covered by Jasig"

Maria Concepcion Aranerta-Bocala, the alleged secretary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP’s) Panay Regional Committee, recently captured in Iloilo City who supposedly carries the assumed name of “Remi Estrella”, is not covered by JASIG as claimed by the CPP/NPA/NDF (C/N/N) and human rights organizations.

As we have consistently held, JASIG is operative only for those C/N/N personalities who are using their real names and those who are recognized by the GPH as participants in the talks. Due to the failed JASIG verification process in 2011, JASIG is no longer operative for those using aliases or pseudonyms. With the failure of the validation mechanism, there is no basis to verify if Maria Concepcion Araneta- Bocala and the alias “Remi Estrella” are one and the same person. She is therefore not covered by JASIG.

We refute the claim that Bocala was illegally arrested. Her arrest on August 1, 2015 in Iloilo City was a law enforcement operation based on an outstanding warrant (CC#1491) issued by the Regional Trial Court 6, Branch 2 in Kalibo, Aklan, for murder charges. Since Bocala is not covered by JASIG, there is no violation of the Agreement.

We note that the C/N/N and its support groups invariably claim JASIG coverage every time a C/N/N personality is arrested. However, JASIG does not exempt anyone from liability arising from acts in violation of penal and other existing laws.

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