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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 19, 2015
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Arrest of ‘NDF consultant’ hit

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is claiming that Rogelio Posadas, who was arrested Jan. 9 by combined police and military personnel in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, is a member of the NDFP peace consultants.

NDFP negotiating panel chairperson, Luis Jalandoni, in a statement he issued, condemned the arrest of the NDFP consultant claiming that Posadas had been issued an NDFP Document of Identification Number ND978313 under the assumed name of Angel Jose.

Jalandoni, a former priest from Negros Occidental, said Posadas had been issued a corresponding Letter of Acknowledgment signed by GRP Negotiating Panel Chairperson Silvestre H. Bello III.

 “He (Posadas) is therefore covered by the safety and immunity guarantees under the JASIG,” Jalandoni added.

However, Major Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, 3rd Infantry Division commander, said yesterday about the  allegations of Jalandoni, “That is what they claim. This is already up to higher authorities and the court to decide.”

Both Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, and Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said that, Posadas, secretary of the Northern Negros Front- Komiteng Rehiyonal Negros, has pending arrest warrants for murder, homicide and robbery-in-band.

“It’s not (for) me to decide. It’s up to the trial courts concerned”, Aying said, in reaction to the claims of Jalandoni.

Posadas is now detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Bacolod City.

Jalandoni demands that the Aquino government respect and comply with its obligation under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) signed by both negotiating panels and approved by their respective principals in 1995, by releasing Posadas and 14 other  illegally detained NDFP consultants.

The NDFP had been engaged in peace negotiations with the government for the past 27 years, but the on-and-off talks have not moved beyond minor agreements.*GPB



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