GPH Fails to Release JASIG-Protected Individuals and Delays Resumption of Formal Talks on October 31

Fidel V. Agcaoili
Spokesperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
Oct 11, 2011

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is eager to resume formal talks with the Government of the Philippines (GPH) to address the roots of the armed conflict and forge agreements on basic social, economic and political reforms in order to pave the way for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines.

But the GPH has once more failed to comply with its obligations under the Oslo Joint Statements of January and February 2011 to release most if not all of the 17 JASIG-protected individuals (before June 2011 to the present), on or before the deadline of 10 October to allow participants of both the GPH and the NDFP to prepare for their participation in the peace negotiations in Oslo starting 31 October.

The Royal Norwegian Government, the third party facilitator in the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations, has expected the GPH to comply with its obligations on or before 10 October to enable the RNG to prepare the next round of formal talks in Oslo.

By failing to perform its obligation, the GPH has made impossible the resumption of formal talks on 31 October in Oslo. It has practically sabotaged the agreement to hold a new round of formal talks from 31 October to 12 November 2011.

Sincere in its desire to continue the peace negotiations, the NDFP is patient and willing to wait from day to day for the GPH to comply with its obligations. It is the responsibility and shame of the GPH that the schedule of formal talks will be delayed from day to day and possibly ad infinitum because obviously the GPH is not interested in pursuing the peace negotiations with the NDFP.

The GPH only wants to talk about peace negotiations but not to really negotiate seriously and to forge agreements on basic social, economic and political reforms. It merely wants pacification and capitulation of the revolutionary movement in compliance with the US-dictated Oplan Bayanihan, a brutal counterrevolutionary campaign masquerading as a peace and development program.

But the revolutionary movement has long been prepared for this policy of deception by the GPH. The NPA has time and again shown its capabilities for advancing the armed revolution of the people. The crisis of the ruling system of big landlords and compradors continues to worsen and fuel the anger and resistance of the Filipino people. The revolutionary movement is in a good position to defend and protect the people from the ravages of the ruling classes and their imperialist masters. #