NDFP ready to release 4 BJMP personnel; SOMO and SOPO required

LUIS G. JALANDONI
Member, NDFP National Executive Committee
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
September 2011

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is ready to release the four personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the custody of the New People's Army. For humanitarian reasons in response to repeated appeals of the families of the four prisoners of war and as a confidence building measure to enhance the atmosphere for the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations, the NDFP is taking this decision.

As soon as the Suspension of Offensive Military Operations (SOMO) and Suspension of Offensive Police Operations (SOPO) are issued in writing, the NDFP shall issue the Order of Release of the four BJMP captives and the Cease and Desist Order to the NPA for determining the specific area and time period of the SOMO and SOPO.

We require that the SOMO and SOPO allow the necessary, reasonable and flexible scale of time and area for the safe and orderly release of the captives at the initiative of their NPA custodians. It is the pertinent revolutionary organ in Mindanao that shall specify the specific area and time period for the SOMO and SOPO and other needed requirements to ensure the safe and orderly release of the four prisoners of war.

The NDFP expresses its recognition and appreciation of the persistent efforts of Davao City Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to create favorable conditions for the safe and orderly release of the aforesaid four prisoners. The NDFP also takes this occasion to thank Hon. Rodolfo del Rosario, Governor of Davao del Norte and Chairperson of the Regional Peace and Order Council, Hon. Jose Ma. Zubiri, Vice-Governor of Bukidnon, and Hon. Emmylou TaliƱo-Mendoza, Governor of North Cotabato, for assisting the families and concerned organizations and helping in many other ways. We count on their continuing support in the future.

The NDFP likewise gratefully acknowledges the significant role played by the Independent Humanitarian Mission comprising national and local GPH officials and bishops in working for the safe and orderly release. Their persistent striving, together with Sowing the Seeds of Peace and other peace advocates, for a just and lasting peace, is deeply appreciated by the NDFP.


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