Thursday, August 18, 2016

NDF panel member from Misamis Oriental flies to Manila for Oslo talks

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 18): NDF panel member from Misamis Oriental flies to Manila for Oslo talks

One of the consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) from Misamis Oriental who was released Wednesday flew to Manila Thursday noon in preparation for his flight to Oslo, Norway to join the peace negotiations with the government.

The Cagayan De Oro-based Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), said that Alfredo Mapano, a.k.a. “Paris,” 62, was escorted by Fr. Christopher Ablon, the PEPP Coordinator for Mindanao.

Mapano was released from the Misamis Oriental provincial jail facilities Wednesday afternoon after the regional court here waived the payment of the Php100,000 bail with the permission of the Supreme Court.

Mapano, the former secretary general of the Communist North Central Mindanao Revolutionary Party Committee (NMRC), was arrested on August 20, 2009 while visiting his family in Cagayan De Oro City for 11 criminal offenses.

Chona Mapano, wife of Paris, was thankful that her husband was released to join the NDF peace panel in Oslo, Norway on August 22.

Mapano was one of the 22 NDF consultants that the Norway-based Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New People’s Army (CPP-NDF-NPA) wants released to join the peace panel.

The release of another NDF consultant along with Mapano last Wednesday, was delayed due to some hitches in the issuance of the release papers.

Pedro Codaste, a.k.a “Gonyong,” who was imprisoned in Malaybalay City Jail, succeeded as the secretary general of the North Central Mindanao Revolutionary Party Committee of the CPP-NDF-NPA, after the arrest of Mapano.

Codaste, 66, was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest on murder and frustrated murder charges at a checkpoint in Bayugan, Agusan Del Sur, on December 17, 2010.

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