By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) vigorously condemns the illegal arrest of NDFP Consultant Adelberto Silva on 1 June 2015, in Molina, Bacoor, Cavite. His wife, Rosanna Cabusao, and another companion, Isidro de Lima were also arrested.
Adelberto Silva is a holder of NDFP Document of Identification ND978229 with the assumed name Percival Rojo, which contains his photo. Under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), he is guaranteed immunity from arrest, detention, surveillance, harassment, search and other punitive actions.
Following the illegal arrest of NDFP Consultant Ruben Saluta last March and earlier arrests of other NDFP consultants, there is a clear pattern of gross violations of the JASIG and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). Trumped-up charges of common crimes are filed by the police and military in violation of JASIG and CARHRIHL. These are proof of the Aquino government’s utter lack of respect for peace agreements signed with the NDFP and its continuing lack of sincerity in peace negotiations with the NDFP.
The NDFP likewise condemns the arrest and filing of fabricated charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives not only against Adelberto Silva but also against his wife, Rosanna Cabusao, and Isidro de Lima. Cabusao is a research consultant of the Crispin Beltran Resource Center and a founding member of GABRIELA.
In accordance with the JASIG and CARHRIHL, Adelberto Silva and the other 16 detained NDFP consultants and political prisoners must be released.