In view of the negative attitude of GRP President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, Jr. to the proposed courtesy call of Chairperson Luis Jalandoni of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the high risk facing Chairperson Jalandoni in going to the Philippines, the NDFP is reconsidering the visit of Chairperson Jalandoni to Manila in December, said Fidel V. Agcaoili, Vice Chairperson of NDFP negotiating panel and chairperson of NDFP Human Rights Committee.
Despite the presence of “enlightened elements” in the reconstituted GRP negotiating panel such as 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,” Agcaoili said, adding that these “brutes” are trying to make the NDFP look like a beggar.
“Worst,” Agcaoili said, “they are capable of arresting in Manila Chairperson Jalandoni and Ms. Coni Ledesma, member of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, to show off their reactionary power and kind of law over the NDFP.”
As such, the NDFP is now reportedly contemplating instead to invite Atty. Padilla, GRP negotiating panel chairperson, to have one-on-one meeting in Hongkong to clarify whether the current Aquino regime accepts the validity of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and can ensure the safe and trouble-free visit of the Jalandoni couple in Manila.
In a statement, the NDFP said they find it “necessary” to request Atty. Romeo T. Capulong as senior legal adviser of NDFP and Atty. Rachel Pastores as NDFP legal adviser on social and economic reforms to meet with Chairperson Jalandoni in Hongkong and provide legal advise to him on the implications of the trumped-up charges of the GRP against him and several NDFP 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,” Agcaoili said. By all indications, they view the Aquino regime as “condoning all the human rights violations committed by the Arroyo regime and committing its own crimes against the people, social activists and suspected revolutionaries.”
The NDFP said the Aquino regime has also been showing “extreme slowness in moving for the resumption of the formal talks in the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations. There are continuing signs of ill will from the GRP towards the NDFP.”
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