Dureza flies to Oslo peace forum; will update Norway on peace talks with Reds

admin   •   June 18, 2018   •   3515

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

 

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary  Jesus Dureza has left for Oslo, Norway on Monday, June 18.

Dureza will attend a peace forum which will be participated by peace negotiators from various countries.

The presidential adviser’s trip aims to share the Philippines’ experiences on peace negotiations and to learn from the experiences of other countries too.

“They try and gather together all the people who are involved in peace negotiations in different countries in the world. That will be a location for us to share experiences, share also mistakes so that we learn from them,” Dureza said.

He is also set to meet with the new Norwegian foreign minister to report the state of the peace negotiations in the Philippines.

He said this is also a chance to thank Norway for its strong support in the Philippines’ efforts in promoting peace between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Norway serves as the mediator for peace negotiations between the government and the CPP-NPA.

Before returning to the country, Dureza will visit and meet the Filipino community in Norway to report the situation of the nation under the Duterte administration.  — Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue

Parlade resigns as ELCAC spox; sets to retire on July 26

Maris Federez   •   July 1, 2021

Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade

MANILA, Philippines — Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade has resigned as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Parlade confirmed his resignation from the task force in a text message to UNTV reporter Lea Ylagan.

“Yes, I have submitted my letter of resignation addressed to the President almost a month ago,” Parlade said.

He said he came up with the decision to resign from ELCAC to ease pressure on the embattled task force regarding his appointment as one of its members.

“I want to ease the pressure to the NTF ELCAC principals who are being questioned by legislators for designating me in spite of my being in the active service,” Parlade said. “There are so many legal bases justifying my appointment as constitutional but I will not belabor myself with those. I am happy that there are now six more civilian NTF spokespersons who shall carry on the fight passionately and with conviction.”

Parlade assured that even after this retirement, he will continue his fight against terrorism.

“Even then, I want to assure our critics that I am not running away from this fight. As a citizen of this country, it behooves me to continue with my patriotic duty to defend our country and end the 52 years onslaught of the CPP-NPA terrorists, whatever legal way I can. Ngayon pa na patapos na sila?” Parlade said.

Parlade is also set to retire as head of the military’s Southern Luzon Command on July 26 at the age of 56.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said also in a message to Lea Ylagan that Maj. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro will replace Parlade. —/mbmf

DILG calls on CPP-NPA to turn over members responsible for Masbate mine blast

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to turn over members involved in the Masbate mine blast.

After the CPP-NPA took responsibility for the incident, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the group should be held accountable for the death of football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin Novlen Absalon.

“Now that the CPP-NPA has accepted full responsibility for the senseless murder, it now becomes their duty to turn over the terrorists responsible for the deaths so that justice maybe served to their families and loved ones,” he said in a statement. Año also assured the safety of the suspects while undergoing trial.

“The ends of justice require that those responsible must be held accountable for their crimes against the people under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are prepared to file criminal charges against the CPP-NPA members involved in the incident. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Joma Sison ‘not bothered’ by PH government’s terrorist designation

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Self-exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison on Thursday shrugged off the government’s move to designate him and other alleged high-ranking members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as “terrorists.”

Sison and his wife were among the 29 individuals designated as terrorists in a resolution published by the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC).

Sison, who is in the Netherlands, said he and his spouse are “not at all bothered” by the inclusion of their names in the list.

“To start with, the list of names in the designation appears to be arbitrary, dubious, and even contradictory or inconsistent with the various public and purportedly personal statements even of its own NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) evil minions,” he said.

“Moreover, it includes mostly publicly-known political consultants of the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) Negotiating Panel in the peace negotiations with the Manila government who are all entitled to the protection of the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement of Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and other binding bilateral agreements,” he added.

He, however, admitted worrying about the welfare of other personalities tagged in the list who are staying in the Philippines.

“We are not bothered even by the threats of Duterte death squads coming over to hit us which have been persistently reported to us by various sources. We have been alert to these threats,” Sison said. “Our main concern is for those who are in the Philippines and are designated by the aforesaid resolution and many more people who are red-tagged and vulnerable to the criminal violence of the Duterte regime.”

Under Resolution No. 17 dated April 21, the Anti-Terrorism Council formally tagged Sison and 18 other alleged high-ranking members of CPP’s Central Committee as terrorists.

The resolution, signed by Executive Secretary and ATC chairperson Salvador Medialdea, and National Security Adviser, and ATC vice-chair Hermogenes Esperon Jr., was published in a local newspaper on Thursday.

In a separate resolution, ten members of different local terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf Group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and the Daulah Islamiyah have also been designated as terrorists.

These individuals are accused of conspiring, planning, and preparing for the commission of terrorism, covered by Sections 6, 7, and 10 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

“Based on verified and validated information, the ATC found probable cause, as defined I the Anti-Terrorism Act, warranting the designation of the following center committee members of the CPP… for planning, preparing, facilitating, conspiring, and inciting the commission of terrorism and recruitment and membership in a terrorist organization or a group organized for the purpose of engaging in terrorism,” the resolution read.

Under Section 25 of the Anti-Terrorism Law, the ATC has the authority to designate individuals, groups of individuals, organizations, or associations as terrorists without a court hearing.

This will allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council to freeze the assets of designated personalities or organizations.

Individuals tagged as terrorists have 15 days to file a request for delisting.

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