Detained top leftist rebel leader says his arrest meant to sabotage the peace process

A TOP leftist rebel leader on Wednesday said that his arrest by governemnt security forces in Bulacan last Monday is tantamount to sabotaging the peace-process between the government and the communist movement.

The rebel leader, Alan Jazmines was nabbed by combined military and police operatives in Baliuag, Bulacan on the eve of the resumption of peace-talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Olso, Norway.

“My arrest on the very eve of the NDFP-GPH peace talks by combined forces of the AFP and PNP is an outright and arrogant mockery and sabotage of the peace process,” Jazmines said in a statement from his detentin cell in Camp Crame.

The detained leftist rebel leader said that the government and its security forces have been intentionally violating the Joint Agreement on Safety Imunity Guarantee (JASIG) by arresting and not releasing other NDF peace consultants.

“At the time I was being arrested, I insisted that the arrest is a violation of the JASIG because I am a certified JASIG-holder…. yet, the top officers ordered to proceed with the arrest and detention,” Jazmines said.

The detained leftist rebel leader said that the issue of JASIG violations by the Philippine government should be resolved firts before to other agenda on the resumption of the stalled peace-talks.

“Otherwise, any further agreements supposed reached in the peace talks and in fact, the whole peace process becomes only a laughing stock for these fascists,” Jazmines said.

However, military and police officials says that his arrest is covered by a warrant of arrest issued by the courts in Bulacan and Quezon and rebel leader failed to show proof or documents showing that he is included in the list of JASIG.

But, PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said that it’s up to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the the Peace Process to decide if Jazmines should be released and he is indeed among the list of holders of safe conduct pass.-Anthony Vargas

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