My arrest is in violation of the JASIG and a mockery of the entire peace talks

I and the rest of the detained NDFP peace consultants demand that the issue of JASIG violations by the GPH should be resolved first before proceeding to other agenda.

By ALAN JAZMINES
NDFP Peace Consultant

My arrest on the very eve of the NDFP-GPH peace talks (National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the government of the Republic of the Philippines) by combined forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police is an outright and arrogant mockery and sabotage of the peace process.

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines' fascist forces have been intentionally violating the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) with impunity, and stubbornly refusing to release 14 other NDFP peace consultants and their staff who remain under detention, in order to prove that there is nothing to gain in the peace process, especially on the part of the revolutionary forces and the people.

In adding another arrest of a JASIG-holder on the very eve of the resumption of the peace talks, the leadership of the fascist AFP and PNP want to show how easily they can violate all peace agreements and make it appear that the NDFP and the revolutionary forces are weak and have really nothing to leverage on and gain in the peace process. They want to use the peace process only to make the revolutionary forces capitulate.

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. I have in fact turned over to my lawyer the details of my JASIG authorities and we can even have those details disclosed to the public in order to prove it. Yet, the arresting officers said that after they relayed my insisting to the top command of the AFP and PNP, the top officers ordered to proceed with the arrest and detention, and "to hell with the JASIG".

I and the rest of the detained NDFP peace consultants demand that the issue of JASIG violations by the GPH should be resolved first before proceeding to other agenda. Otherwise, any further agreements supposed to be reached in the peace talks, and in fact the whole peace process, becomes only a laughing stock for these fascists.

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