Double-dealing Aquino regime must release Eduardo Sarmiento and all NDFP peace consultants

Fr. Santiago "Sanny" Salas
NDF - Eastern Visayas
August 14, 2011

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today said the Aquino regime's seriousness for peace negotiations is under question as long as Eduardo Sarmiento and other NDFP peace consultants are not released. The NDF-EV spokesperson, Fr. Santiago Salas, also noted the regime talks of peace but has militarized the region with 11 army battalions. “The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the NDFP signed this year the January 18 Joint Communique, with the Norwegian government as witness, where the GPH committed to immediately releasing the detained NDFP peace consultants and personnel covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees. But after many months, obviously, the Aquino regime has not released Eduardo Sarmiento, NDFP peace consultant for Eastern Visayas, and his fellow consultants.”

Fr. Salas added that, “As far as Eastern Visayas is concerned, the Aquino regime is on the warpath in militarizing the region with 11 army battalions under the euphemism of “peace and development.” In NDF-EV's view, the Aquino regime is double-dealing by deliberately stalling the peace talks and ordering the 8th Infantry Division to crush the NPA in the region under Oplan Bayanihan. If the Aquino regime is really for peace, it should have been working for the progress of the peace talks and restrained the search-and-destroy mission of the 8th ID masquerading as “peace and development” operations.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson called on the Aquino regime to release Eduardo Sarmiento and all NDFP peace consultants as well as other political prisoners, end the anti-people Oplan Bayanihan, and work on the peace talks to deliver socio-economic reforms. “Eduardo Sarmiento has been languishing in jail since February 2009 on trumped-up charges, like his fellow NDFP peace consultants and other political prisoners. His release is not only because of his role in the peace talks, but also a matter of justice. Eduardo Sarmiento and the people have all been victims of the GPH's wanton violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

“The people of Eastern Visayas are only suffering war and misery under the the contradiction in terms of Oplan Bayanihan's “peace and development” operations. The people are questioning why “peace and development” are not being discussed at the negotiating table by the GPH and the NDFP, but being mouthed by armed minions of the state who are violating human rights with impunity. If the Aquino regime persists in betraying the interests of the people, it will surely become isolated and vulnerable to the wrath of the people who desire a just and lasting peace.”#



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Roy Santos
NDF-EV Media Officer
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Waray Version

Angay nga buhian han buwaon nga rehimen Aquino hi Eduardo Sarmiento
ngan ngatanan nga mga konsultant ha kamurayawan han NDFP

Ginsering yana han National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas nga kwestyunable an kaseryosohan han rehimen Aquino para ha erestorya pankamurayawan tubtob nga diri ginbubuhian hi Eduardo Sarmiento ngan an iba pa nga konsultant ha kamurayawan han NDFP. Gindugang ni Fr. Santiago Salas, tagapagyakan han NDFP, nga nagyayakan han kamurayawan an rehimen pero ginmilitarisa hini an rehiyon han 11 nga batalyon han army. “An Government of the Philippines (GPH) ngan an NDFP in ginpirmahan yana nga tuig an January 18 Joint Communique, upod an gobyerno han Norway komo testigo, kun diin nagpatapod an GPH nga dagmit nga ipapagawas an mga detenido nga konsultant ha kamurayawan han NDFP. Pero klaro kahuman han damo na nga bulan nga diri pa ginbubuhian hi Eduardo Sarmiento, konsultant ha kamurayawan han NDFP ha Eastern Visayas, ngan an iya igkasi mga konsultant.”

Sering pa ni Fr. Salas nga, “Kun ha Eastern Visayas la, aada an rehimen Aquino ha dalan han gerra dida ha pagmilitarisa ha rehiyon han 11 nga batalyon han army ilarum ha buwa nga “kamurayawan ngan kauswagan.” Ha pagkita han NDF-EV, nagbibinuwa an rehimen Aquino tungod kay naghihinay-hinay ini ha erestorya pankamurayawan samtang ginmamando an 8th Infantry Division nga puypuyon an NPA ha rehiyon ilarum han Oplan Bayanihan. Kun tinuod nga para ha kamurayawan an rehimen Aquino, dapat gintatrabaho na hini an pag-asdang han erestorya pankamurayawan, ngan gin-undang an misyon han pagbiling-ngan-paghibang han 8th ID nga ginmamaskarahan komo mga operasyon para ha “kamurayawan ngan kauswagan.”

Ginpanawagan han tagapagyakan han NDF-EV ha rehimen Aquino nga buhian na hi Eduardo Sarmiento ngan ngatanan nga konsultant ha kamurayawan han NDFP upod an iba pa nga priso pulitikal, undangon an kontra-katawhan nga Oplan Bayanihan, ngan trabahuon an erestorya pankamurayawan agud makabug-os han mga sosyo-ekonomiko nga reporma. “Nag-iiniha na ha priso hi Eduardo Sarmiento tikang han Pebrero 2009 ha buwa nga mga kaso, sugad han igkasi niya nga mga konsultant ha kamurayawan han NDFP ngan iba pa nga priso pulitikal. An pagpapagawas ha iya in diri la ngani tungod han iya papel ha erestorya pankamurayawan, kundi komo karukayaknon han hustisya. Hi Eduardo Sarmiento ngan an katawhan in ngatanan mga biktima han kanan GPH waray-wantas nga pagtalapas han tawhanon nga katungod ngan internasyunal nga makatawo nga balaud.

“Gin-aantos la han katawhan han Eastern Visayas an gerra ngan kakablasan ilarum han kanan Oplan Bayanihan nga mga buwaon nga operasyon kulaos para ha “kamurayawan ngan kauswagan.” Ginpapakiana han katawhan kun kay ano nga diri gin-eestorya an “kamurayawan ngan kauswagan” ha negosasyon giutan han GPH ngan NDFP, kundi ginyiyinawyaw han mga armado nga pwersa han estado nga gintatalapas an mga tawhanon nga katungod han waray kabaratunon. Kun igpapadayon han rehimen Aquino an pagtraydor ha mga interes han katawhan, sigurado nga mag-uusahan ini ngan bulnerable ha kangalas han katawhan nga naghihingyap han makatadungan ngan panmaihaan nga kamuyawan.”#


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