By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP-Negotiating Panel
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel vigorously condemns the illegal arrest and detention of NDFP Consultant Renante Gamara. He was arrested by armed men in civilian clothes on 3 April 2012 in Las Piñas, Metro Manila. Not read his Miranda rights nor shown any warrant of arrest, he and his companion, Santiago Balleta, were handcuffed and brought to the Camp Crame Custodial Center.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the National Capital Region confiscated Gamara’s belongings including his NDFP Document of Identification No. ND 978236 with assumed name of Siling Perez.
Gamara’s illegal arrest and continued detention is a gross violation of the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). The NDFP demands his immediate release in compliance with the JASIG and the return of all items confiscated from him.