The spokesperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Fidel Agcaoili said the
government and the Philippine military are bent on spoiling the upcoming peace
negotiation between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the
Agcaoili issued this statement after a court issued on Tuesday a warrant for the arrest of 15 activists for cases of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
Among the 15 people facing the charges are Rius Valle, Rev. Jurie Jailed, Hanimay Suazo, Ryan Laniba, Tony Salubre, Jimboy Marciano, Mary Ann Sapar, Jaja Encasio, Pedro Arnado, Kerlan Fanagel Sr., Stella Matutina, Restita Miles, Isidro Andao and Kharlo Manaro. The court recommended no bail against the accused.
The NDFP spokesman said the government of President Benigno Aquino III is running after activists who are fighting for the rights of the indigenous people.
“Why are they issuing a warrant of arrest now?,” Agcaoili asked.
Valle, one of the accused, belied the allegations of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of more than 700 lumad evacuees in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines Haran.
He said that the cases against them were clearly filed to sabotage the upcoming peace talks.
“It is so clear that they are doing this to sabotage the efforts of peace between Net and the Philippine Government in the incoming [Rodrigo] Duterte administration,” Valle said.
“This was how the Aquino administration wanted to finish all of us leaders who defend the lumad and their education,” he added.
Meanwhile, the government peace negotiating panel said it saw no need to bring home the founder of the Communist Party of the
, Jose Maria Sison. Philippines
Peace panel consultant Secretary Silvestre Bello said that Sison’s return to the country will only be possible if the government followed diplomatic procedures to lift the terrorist tag against Sison.
He said the government peace panel has not discussed the possible return of Sison.
“It is not necessary for him to join the peace talks,”
said after the second day of the Hugpong Kalinaw: Unity for Just and Lasting
Peace Forum held at the recreational gym. Davao
He said that they are doing a panel to panel negotiation as of the moment and Sison may not join the panel of the CPP-NDF.
“If Joma will join the peace talks, the US Government will see that he is talking for peace, which is a clear proof that he is not a terrorist,” he said.
Prior to Bello’s statement, Agcaoili said it was the responsibility of the government to make a move to exclude Sison from the terrorist watchlist since it is the government that asked for his inclusion in it during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term.
“It has to be their initiative because they are the ones who requested for it,” Agcaoili said.
He added that the government has to follow a diplomatic procedure to lift Sison from the list.