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 Roy Arboladera Erecre. He was arrested on 7 May 2014 in Barangay (village) Bajada, Davao City, by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Philippine Army under Captain Caber. He is currently detained at the Bohol district jail in Tagbilaran City.
Mr. Erecre holds an NDFP Document of Identification No. ND978243 under the assumed name Vide Alguna. He was issued a Letter of Acknowledgment as an NDFP Consultant for the Visayas on 20 April 2001 by then GRP Negotiating Panel Chairman Silvestre H. Bello III. The Letter of Acknowledgment states: “The above named person is entitled to the safety and immunity guarantees (JASIG) for the duration of the peace negotiations. You are hereby required to facilitate the safe conduct and free passage of the above named person.”
We condemn the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PNP units for disregarding Roy Erecre’s NDFP Document of Identification, which he had in his possession upon the illegal arrest. We demand his immediate and unconditional release. For the meantime, his rights to be visited by his relatives and lawyers must be respected.
We hold the Aquino regime accountable for this latest gross violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). In addition to the illegal arrest and detention of NDFP Consultants Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria, and the continued violation of the rights of more than a dozen other NDFP consultants and JASIG-protected personnel, this continued refusal of the Aquino regime to comply with its obligations according to the JASIG and the Comprehensive Agreement of Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) is a big obstacle to the holding of peace negotiations between the regime and the NDFP.