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Surface Comrades George Geluz and Silvestre Layones, Jr!

By NDFP Bicol Information Office

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Bicol demands the immediate surfacing of Comrades George Villacorta Geluz and Silvestre Layones, Jr. by their abductors from the Philippine National Police Regional Command in Bicol. Comrade George Geluz was captured at a police checkpoint in Gumaca, Quezon, on 08 February 2014 at 11:00 PM, while Comrade Silvestre Layones, Jr. was seized by state forces in Naga City on 09 February 2014 at 3:30 AM.

Both have yet to be turned up to the public by the PNP Regional Command based at Camp Simeon Ola in Legazpi City. Families and friends of these comrades are deeply worried as to the possible harm that may befall the two beloved revolutionaries in the hands of PNP torturers. It is the families’ right to be informed of the whereabouts and conditions of Comrades Geluz and Layones.

The NDFP-Bicol likewise demands that if indeed the two comrades are facing criminal charges under the laws of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH), they should therefore be presented in the courts of the GPH and not be kept incommunicado. The NDFP-Bicol particularly holds responsible Bicol PNP’s Archimedes C. Garcia of the PNP 5th Regional Public Safety Battalion for hiding Comrade George Geluz, and the PNP’s Camarines Sur Police Public Safety Company and the Regional Special Operations Task Group for the abduction of Comrade Silvestre Layones, Jr.

It should be put forward that Comrades Geluz and Layones, at the time of their arrests, are engaging in a series of consultations with regards the plight of Bicol’s destitute majority. Such consultations are highly important so as to advance the legitimate demands of the poor and exploited masses on the negotiating table between the GPH and the NDFP. This commitment by the NDFP in realizing a peace based on justice is in stark contrast with the Aquino government’s anti-peace posture of attacking and abducting revolutionaries instead of pursuing peace negotiations.

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