By Ma. LAYA GUERRERO
Spokesperson, Kabataang Makabayan
The Kabataang Makabayan (KM) condemns in strongest terms the illegal arrest and detention of Adelberto Silva by the US-Aquino’s mercenary troops last June 1, 2015 in Molino Bacoor, Cavite. Silva is a National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant and covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).
We demand the immediate release of Adelberto Silva, his wife Rosanna Cabusao and Isidro de Lima who were arrested with him and also charged with same cases as Silva. The PNP’s claim that they seized rocket-propelled grenade from each of them is utterly ludicrous and a clear alibi to justify the filing of non-bailable charges against them. Silva was charged with fabricated cases of murder and illegal possession of explosives.
The NDFP confirms Silva as a holder of NDFP Document of Identification ND978229 with the assumed name Percival Rojo, also containing his photo. Under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees which was signed by previous Philippine regimes with the NDFP, Silva and all peace consultants are guaranteed immunity from arrest, detention, surveillance, harassment, search and other punitive actions.
The AFP and PNP claim that the coordinated operations was hatched more than a year ago and Silva has been under constant surveillance from the mercenary troops of Aquino. This only proves that the Aquino regime has never been sincere in the peace negotiations in order to address the root causes of the armed revolution that rages in the countryside. The US-Aquino regime is viciously ridiculing the peace negotiations and the past agreements signed by Philippine government with the NDFP and systematically attacks the NDFP personages who are directly involved in the process.
This and the arrests of other NDF peace consultants Roberto Saluta, Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria-Tiamzon, brings to 16 the number of peace consultants treacherously detained under the US-puppet regime of Aquino, and among the 527 political prisoners languishing in jails across the country.
KM demands the release of Adelberto Silva along with Cabusao and Isidro de Lima, and other NDFP consultants and all political prisoners under the US-Aquino regime.
With the US-Aquino regime’s failing to crush the armed revolution under its counter-revolutionary war and US-patterned fascist Oplan Bayanihan against the formidable New People’s Army and the revolutionary forces, it resorted to arrests and detention of peace consultants, leaders of the revolutionary movement and activists. The US-Aquino regime is hell-bent in criminalizing them, and further exposes itself and its fascist military’s modus operandi of planting of evidence upon their arrest and fabrication of charges.
The US-Aquino and its fascist military is day-dreaming in harping that with their arrest the revolutionary movement will weaken. The US-Aquino regime and its fascist armed machinery, armed to the teeth, never learn from our people’s history. It is the great swathe of poverty experienced by the people, oppression of the peasants, workers and people by a handful few, denial of basic people’s rights by this regime, US imperialist domination and prevailing unjust system that continue to inspire the Filipino youth and people to take the revolutionary road and armed struggle. It is the same reasons and aspirations for genuine freedom and democracy that continuously fire up the Filipino youth to embrace the people’s armed revolution in the countryside.
Release Adelberto Silva, Rosanna Cabusao and Isidro de Lima!
Free all peace consultants of the NDFP and all political prisoners!
Long live the people’s democratic revolution!
Long live the CPP-NPA-NDFP!