NDF reconsiders visit to Manila of NDF negotiating panel chairperson

LUIS Jalandoni, chairperson of the peace panel of the National Democratic Front (NDF), may not be coming to the Philippines after all.

Fidel V. Agcaoili, vice chairperson of the NDF negotiating panel, said the visit may not push through because of the “negative attitude” of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III toward the proposed courtesy call and the possible arrest of Jalandoni once he sets foot in the Philippines.

Agcaoili said, “despite the presence of enlightened elements in the reconstituted GRP negotiating panel like Atty. Alex Padilla and Atty. Pablito Sanidad, the brutes on the GRP side do not seem to appreciate the idea of courtesy call on Noynoy as a gesture of goodwill, following precedents with Ramos, Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.”

“They are trying to make the NDFP look like a beggar.  Worst, they are capable of arresting in Manila chairperson Jalandoni and Ms. Coni Ledesma, member of the NDFP negotiating panel,” he added.

The NDF official said they may invite Padilla, chairperson of the government negotiating panel, for a one-on-one meeting in Hong Kong to clarify whether the current Aquino regime accepts the validity of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

He said they will also ask Padilla if he can ensure the safe and trouble-free visit of the Jalandoni couple in Manila.

The NDFP finds it necessary to request lawyer Romeo T. Capulong as senior legal adviser of NDF and lawyer Rachel Pastores as NDFP legal adviser on social and economic reforms to meet with Jalandoni in Hong Kong.

Agcaoili said they will seek legal advise on the implications of the trumped-up charges of the government against Jalandoni and several NDF consultants in Leyte.

“The GRP regime is showing a certain measure of unreasonableness and hostility to the NDFP by failing so far to release as good will measure the 388 political prisoners, while ordering the release of 400 military prisoners,” he said.

Agcaoili added: “By all indications, the Aquino regime is condoning all the human rights violations committed by the Arroyo regime and is committing its own crimes against the people, social activists and suspected revolutionaries.” D’Jay Lazaro


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