NDF consultants Jalandoni, Agcaoili can be arrested if arrest warrant is issued – AFP

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2018   •   2490

 

NDFP consultants Luis Jalandoni and Fidel Agcaoili

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Luis Jalandoni and Fidel Agcaoili, consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), can be arrested once they step foot on Philippine soil if a warrant of arrest is issued.

According to AFP-PIO Chief Col. Niel Detoyato, this is the mandate of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and not of the AFP.

Datoyato’s statement was in response to the PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde’s recent statement that they are leaving it up to the AFP all the necessary preparations for the homecoming of the two communist leaders.

NDF’s senior adviser, Jalandoni and NDF’s chief peace negotiator, Agcaoili, are set to arrive in the Philippines next month for a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.

It was the President himself, in a speech in Palawan last weekend, who revealed that the two requested for his audience though they fear being arrested under the Philippine law. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

 

NDF peace panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili passes away

Robie de Guzman   •   July 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Fidel Agcaoili, the chairperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace negotiating panel has passed away at the age of 75.

In a statement, the NDFP said Agcaoili died on Thursday in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

He suffered from a pulmonary arterial rupture which caused massive internal bleeding. The NDFP, however, clarified that his demise was not related to coronavirus disease.

His remains will be flown to the Philippines according to the wish of his family, the group added.

AFP, PNP form Board of Inquiry to revise operational procedures after Jolo shooting

Marje Pelayo   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) created a Board of Inquiry that will revise their respective operational procedures following the fatal shooting in Jolo, Sulu. 

According to PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa, one of their main focus will be the cooperation and expansion of their interoperability including the various tactical approaches depending on the security situation in the shooting area.

“To determine operational lapses and how we can improve our operational procedures both the AFP and the PNP,“ the PNP Chief.

Meanwhile, all nine cops involved in the incident were supposed to go to Camp Crame but the trip was deferred. 

One of them contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is now undergoing quarantine in isolation but still has to take the swab test for confirmation. 

But Gamboa assured that they will be sent to the headquarters anytime this week by Police Regional Office – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR) Director PBGen. Manuel Abu.

“Sinabi ko lang sa kanila na: ‘You will go to Crame para ma-diffuse iyong tension and then expect kung ano ang sasabihin ng NBI, hindi ako makikialam.’ So kung meron liable sa inyo, so be it,” Gamboa said. 

[I told them: ‘You will go to Crame to diffuse the tension and expect that whatever the NBI says, I will not intervene.’ If anyone is liable, then so be it.]

“So for the meantime, you will be under the custody ng Philippine National Police” he added.

Gamboa said the President emphatically ordered the PNP to make sure those responsible in the incident will be penalized while the Chief Executive toned down when it came with the Philippine Army. 

Alam nya na may mga sintimiyento lalo na [He knows that there are sentiments especially] on the part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Gamboa said. 

“Sabi pa nga nya, kayo kung ano ang gusto nyong gawin ay pwede nyong gawin but you still have to ponder whether it will do good to the public o to the community [He even said, you just do whatever you want but you still have to ponder whether it will do good to the public or to the community],” he concluded. —MNP (with inputs from Lea Ylagan)

Formal peace talks with Reds likely to resume in January – Bello

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The government intends to resume the formal peace talks with the communist group come January next year.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III who serves as the government’s chief negotiator, the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) would probably resume on the second or third week of January.

NDFP is the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founded by activist Jose Maria ‘Joma’ Sison who is now in exile in the Netherlands.

Over the weekend, Bello was able to talk to Sison who responded favorably to President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for both parties to return to the negotiating table.

In line with this, Bello said the CPP may declare a truce on December 20 or 21.

Though Sison agreed to the resumption of the peace talks, he wants it done on a neutral venue.

In a recent interview, Sison said he could meet President Duterte in person but he wanted to have legal and political guarantees that he’d still be protected under the provisions of the Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Though the meet-up is a remote possibility, Sison said, it may not happen in the Philippines but “maybe in a nearby country.”

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