PH gov’t suspends back channel talks with NDF

admin   •   June 21, 2018   •   2130

NDFP chief negotiator Fidel Agacaoili (left) with government back channel negotiator Hernani Braganza. (Photo taken from Braganza’s Facebook account)


The government has suspended all back channel talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) to give way to a three-month review of all signed agreements on the peace talks.

According to government negotiating team member Hernani Braganza, this was discussed in a meeting with NDF leaders, Fidel Agcaoli and Joma Sison in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Nevertheless, Braganza clarified that communication between the two parties has not been suspended.

The Government of the Philippines Panel went to the Netherlands to formally relay to the rebel group the government’s decision to re-schedule the resumption of peace talks. — UNTV News & Rescue

AFP, PNP: Tiamzons’ conviction a victory for Reds’ victims

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

Wilma and Benito Tiamzon

MANILA, Philippines – Military and police officials on Friday lauded the conviction of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, calling it a victory for the victims of the communist group.

In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, Major General Edgard Arevalo said the court’s decision is “a victory for the many victims of atrocities of the NPA particularly orders to conduct murder, arson, extortion, ambushes, bombing and the like that they orchestrated.”

“They were convicted ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ by the Regional Trial Court 216 of Quezon City for the crime of kidnapping and serious illegal detention,” he said.

The Tiamzon couple is believed to be ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 found the couple guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. They were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years of imprisonment.

The Tiamzons were also ordered to pay damages and civil indemnity to the complainant amounting to P225,000.

“The AFP will continue to hunt them down after they have violated the provisions of their temporary liberty by virtue of their being nominated as consultants in the peace negotiations with the government. They refused to submit themselves to the government after the peace negotiations did not prosper,” Arevalo said.

He also vowed that the AFP would continue to strengthen its resolve to bring other criminals to justice in honor of the victims of the violence perpetrated by the CPP-NPA.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) called the conviction of Tiamzon couple a triumph of justice.

“It is also another success story on the efficiency of our prosecutors of our investigators who secured the validity of evidence presented during trial. Of course, it is also a manifestation of the sins committed by the communist terrorists against our people,” PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Ilbrandi Usana said in a statement.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also lauded the conviction of the Tiamzons, recalling the efforts to track down and arrest the couple when he was just a military captain.

“I’m very happy malaki kasi yung hirap ko diyan sa paghuli niyan I was the chief of ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the AFP) when they was arrested in March 2014. I just cannot recall the exact date March 20 or 21, I spent half of my career looking for this couple started I was Captain,” he said.

The couple was arrested in 2014 in Cebu City after many years of hiding. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

PH Government talks with communists may resume soon – Bello

Robie de Guzman   •   December 11, 2019

Government’s chief negotiator Secretary Silvestre Bello III (left) and National Democratic Front founding chair Jose Maria Sison (right)

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday expressed optimism that the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), will resume soon.

Bello said CPP founder Joma Sison and NDF senior adviser Luis Jalandoni agreed to discuss the possibility of returning to the negotiating table when he personally met them in the Netherlands a few days ago.

Bello, who served as the government’s chief peace negotiator, returned to Manila on Monday.

“I cannot give you any detail on the result of our talks. ang importante nag-usap kami. They are willing to resume the talks,” he said.

Bello flew to the Netherlands last December 5 following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to talk to Sison on the possibility of resuming peace negotiations.

Ties between Duterte and Sison went sour last year after the chief executive accused the rebel group of launching attacks against government forces even while the negotiations are ongoing.

In March 2019, Duterte formally terminated the peace process with the CPP-National Democratic Front of the Philippines-New People’s Army.

Bello said the communist leaders are also open to the president’s conditions to reopen negotiations but details about where, when and how the process will be conducted are yet to be determined.

The labor chief also emphasized that the chief executive did not give up on talking peace with the reds.  

Bello is expected to meet with Duterte later on Wednesday to report about his meeting with Sison. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Gov’t cancels June 28 peace talks with Reds

admin   •   June 15, 2018


 New People’s Army 

The supposed resumption of formal peace talks between the government and National Democratic Front peace panel will not push through on June 28 according to Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jess Dureza.

He said President Rodrigo Duterte has directed them to seek first the consensus of the public and other government sectors on the issue.

“There is a need to engage the public all the more and get their support before we are able to work our certain agreements with the leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines,” said Dureza. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue


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