Ka Bart still languishing in jail

21 January 2012

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Tirso “Ka Bart” Alcantara has been detained for more than a year now despite promises made by the US-Aquino regime to release the consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Ka Bart was arrested on January 3, 2011 in violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

In the course of negotiations, the GPH made this promise three times, twice in signed agreements in January and February 2011, and once in a consultation in September 2011 with the Norwegian governmen which serves as the third party facilitator in the peace talks.

The GPH should first release Ka Bart and all NDFP consultants in order for the peace talks to advance. The US-Aquino regime’s failure to make good on its promise to release Ka Bart and other NDFP consultants proves that the regime is not interested in pursuing the peace negotiations. It is only interested in using the peace talks as an instrument to effect the surrender and pacification of the revolutionary forces within the framework of the Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression.