[PRESS STATEMENT | August 4, 2015] The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Visayas demands the immediate release of NDFP Peace Consultant for Visayas Maria Concepcion “Concha” Araneta-Bocala, including her two companions. She was illegally arrested in Iloilo City by elements of the Intelligence Section of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on August 1.
Bocala is under the protection of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) as Peace Consultant. She has been issued Document of Identification No. ND978245 under assumed name Remi Estrella. She has been active in the peace talks with the government since Corazon Aquino’s administration.
The illegal arrest of NDFP consultants is a clear sabotage of the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the NDFP. Also, trumped-up charges filed against NDFP consultants leading to illegal arrest and imprisonment disrupt their vital tasks in the peace talks.
The Aquino II Regime must comply with its obligations according to the JASIG and the Comprehensive Agreement of Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Its continued violation and disrespect of such binding peace agreements is proof of its disregard of the GPH-NDFP Peace Process. It is a clear manifestation of its disinterest in just and lasting peace.
NDFP Visayas Media Liaison