“The same script had been used to cloak the AFP’s brutal murder of five civilians known as New Bataan 5, who were abducted and executed in New Bataan, Davao de Oro in late February.”
2 peace consultants, 3 others disappeared
Two peace consultants and their companions were disappeared in early March in separate incidents. Human rights group calls on the government to surface them.
Kin fears for safety of NDFP peace consultant in solitary confinement
The family called on the CHR and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to regularly monitor Manuel Esteban Jr.’s condition and help them with his transfer to a regular jail or facility where he can be free from any pressure or threat.
NDFP demands Loida Magpatoc’s release
NDFP Negotiating Panel interim chairperson Julie de Lima said Loida Magpatoc is a member of the NDFP Reciprocal Working Committee on Social and Economic Reform and should be immune from arrest.
Bloody Friday: 2 peace consultants killed in Iloilo, Cebu
State agents have killed and arrested several JASIG-protected peace process participants, especially after formal NDFP-GRP peace negotiations were cancelled by GRP President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017.
Court convicts 2 peace consultants of 30-year-old ‘politically motivated’ raps
Edre Olalia, president of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL) and lawyer of Wilma Austria said this is “a politically motivated persecution and hardline attack” as it was resurrected out of nowhere after 30 years.
NDFP condemns arrest of another peace consultant
“The Duterte regime remains on a fascist rampage that adds more and more obstacles to the resumption of the peace negotiations with the NDFP.”
With Army’s arrest of peace consultant, NDFP assails threats to the peace talks
NDFP panel chair Fidel Agcaoili slammed the illegal arrest of NDFP consultant Rommel Salinas as another clear violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees.
As formal talks begin, over 500 political prisoners still detained
“This policy and practice of filing trumped-up criminal charges against social workers, religious, human rights advocates, leaders of people’s organizations and consultants to the peace process have to stop.”
‘Release of political prisoners to show Duterte’s commitment to peace talks’ – Tiamzons
Duterte’s recognition and respect for these previously-signed agreements has opened doors for both the resumption of peace talks and the release of political prisoners through peace talks.”
NDFP consultants convicted of ‘trumped-up’ charges
The decision was based solely on the testimony of Bayani Domingo, who claimed to be a former member of the New People’s Army before he surrendered to the military in 2006.