By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
NDFP Peace Consultant Reynaldo Hugo was illegally arrested by the Aquino regime’s security forces on 27 January 2015 at Cabuyao, Laguna. In gross violation of the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) of 1995, troops of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested NDFP Consultant Reynaldo Hugo.
NDFP Consultant Reynaldo Hugo has been issued NDFP Document of Identification ND978239 under the assumed name: “Orgel Dimaano” in accordance with the JASIG. He has also been issued a corresponding Letter of Acknowledgment signed by then GRP Negotiating Panel Chairperson, Silvestre H. Bello III.
The NDFP demands the immediate and unconditional release of NDFP Consultant Reynaldo Hugo!
The continuous disrespect shown by the Aquino regime for the JASIG, the GRP-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) of 1998, and other binding bilateral peace agreements seriously prejudices the peace negotiations between the Aquino government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
The Aquino government’s refusal to comply with its obligations contracted in peace negotiations with the NDFP puts into serious question its credibility.
Who will believe in a government that does not honor agreements and contracts it has solemnly entered into?