Government peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF begins today
admin • August 22, 2016 • 2947
OSLO, Norway — The formal peace negotiation between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines in Olso, Norway begins today and will run until August 26.
Both parties are hoping to end the four decades of atrocities between the government and the rebel group.
Beginning midnight of August 21, the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government has taken effect and the offensive operations of government security forces against the rebel groups have been deferred as directed by President Duterte in respect to the peace process.
This was announced before the departure of the government peace panel headed by presidential adviser on the peace process Secretary Jess Dureza on Saturday bound for Norway.
“I am pleased to announce that President Rodrigo Duterte has restored the effects if the unilateral ceasefire with CPP/NPA/NDF effective 12 midnight tonight, 21 August, 2016. The duration of the ceasefire will last for as long as necessary to bring peace in the land and also in order to provide an enabling environment for the success of the peace negotiations that will start in Oslo, Norway on August 22,” he said. (ROSALIE COZ/UNTV News and Rescue)
MANILA, Philippines – An alleged high-ranking leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was arrested by the military and police in Laguna.
The military on Wednesday identified the suspect as Antonia Setias Dizon alias Tonet, 60, who allegedly serves as secretary of the national organizing department the CPP-NPA, as well as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which is the communist group’s political arm.
Dizon was allegedly designated to the post, replacing NDFP Consultants Rafael Baylosis and Adelberto Silva who were earlier arrested by the authorities for illegal possession of firearms.
The military said Dizon was arrested by virtue of a warrant for the crime of murder issued by Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 7.
They served the warrant on Dizon at her residence in a subdivision in Barangay Rosario in San Pedro, Laguna at past 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Itong si Dizon na ngayon na nahuli siya po yung pumalit kay Silva na kung saan nga po itong si Dizon ay may kasong murder na finile sa Agusan,” Capt. Jayrald Ternio, chief of the 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office told UNTV News in a phone interview.
Seized from Dizon’s residence were a caliber .38 pistol, some live ammunition, 10 blasting caps, two laptops and subversive documents.
The Laguna police believes Dizon’s arrest is a big blow to the communist group’s operations.
“May significant effect ‘yan with regards doon sa benepisyo ng grupo nila mga movement organizations resources financial lahat nasa liderato ng CPP-NPA-NDF,” Laguna police director Col. Eleazar Mata said.
Dizon is currently detained at the San Pedro police station. RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government will seek a special arrangement with the Dutch government for the extradition of exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.
“The government will seek a special arrangement with the Dutch Government for the extradition of Joma Sison,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement on Thursday.
“On the grounds that his ‘refugee status’ is no longer tenable because he participated in the commission of crimes and other criminal acts as determined by the Regional Trial Court which renders him effectively ineligible,” he added.
In 1992, the Netherlands recognized Joma as a “political refugee” on the basis of his alleged persecution by the Marcos regime.
Año criticized Sison, saying he must be “hallucinating” for supposedly claiming that he is “absolutely protected” in his self-imposed exile in the Netherlands as a so-called political refugee.
“Ang isang kriminal ay hindi kailanman puwedeng ituring na political refugee. Ang isang mass murderer ay hindi puwedeng maging refugee. Buking ka na, Joma, kaya panagutan mo ang mga kasalanan mong pagpatay sa mga kapwa mo Pilipino,” Año said.
(A criminal can never be considered a political refugee. A mass murderer can never be a refugee. You are busted, Joma, so you better face your crimes of murdering fellow Filipinos.)
Sison and 36 other members of the CPP-New People’s Army (NPA) are the subjects of a warrant of arrest issued by a Manila Court on August 28 in relation to a murder case for the discovery of a mass grave in Inopacan, Leyte in 2006 that purportedly contained the bones of the victims of a mass killing by the New People’s Army in the 1980s.
Año further taunted Sison, calling him a “coward for hiding from the charges against him in a foreign country and living there like a king.”
“Duwag ka, Joma (You’re a coward, Joma). Now that you are in the last few years of your life, do something right for a change, own up to your sins against the Filipino people and face the charges against you and give justice to the victims of the Inopacan massacre, among many others,” the DILG chief said.
Año claimed Sison continues to direct “his terrorist forces” in the Philippines through public statements directing the New People’s Army “to kill and plunder in the countryside.”
“This fact has been established when the United States, the European Union, and the Duterte Administration declared the CPP/NPA as a terrorist organization,” he said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier said they are closely coordinating with the International Police (INTERPOL) for the issuance of a Red Notice for Sison’s arrest.
Año said that once the INTERPOL publishes a red notice, Sison will become a wanted man all over the globe.
The DILG chief also the Philippine government is currently working with the European Union to have Sison’s so-called refugee status in The Netherlands revoked as soon as possible. The Netherlands is part of the European Union.
“Wala ng rason pa para kanlungin pa ng Netherlands si Joma dahil ang Pilipinas at ang EU mismo kung saan kasapi ang Netherlands ay nagsasabing isang terrorist organization ang CPP na pinamumunuan ni Sison,” he stressed.
(The Netherlands no longer has a reason to shelter Joma because the Philippines and no less than the EU itself, where the Netherlands is part of have said that the CPP led by Sison is a terrorist organization.)
Año said initial talks with the EU deputy ambassador were positive with the latter committing to help the Philippine government in this matter.
MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday vowed they will be relentless in their fight against communist terrorists in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to wage an all-out war against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
“The AFP is compliant with the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief. We are engaging the New People’s Army all out,” AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said.
Arevalo said the military has been employing and using all its resources in a “focused, surgical, and deliberate lethal and non-lethal operations towards the decisive defeat of the communist terrorists.”
On Tuesday, Duterte reiterated his call on the government troops to launch a full-scale attack and end the CPP-NPA before his term ends in 2022.
“I am ordering an all-out-war against the NPA. If I can, I will end the insurgency problem within my term,” the president said during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday.
“Walang hintuan. Magpalit-palit ‘yung isang battalion diyan na walang gamit na wala masyadong kalaban ‘yang ano…. Pagka-bone-weary na ang mga sundalo, palit na naman. Tuloy-tuloy. At kung maaari, lumaban sila nang husto kasi hindi ako magtanggap ng surrender,” he added.
The PNP, for its part, vowed it will launch swift and relentless police operations against communist rebels.
“The final push to end local communist armed conflict will be firm and decisive under the guidance and direction of the national leadership,” the PNP said.
“Police operations against the armed components of the communist terrorist movement will be swift and relentless just as it will be lawful and judicious,” it added. RRD (with details from Correspondents April Cenedoza & Rosalie Coz)
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