CPP condemns rearrest of NDF peace consultant

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
May 07, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemned the rearrest last May 2 of Jaime Soledad, consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the peace negotiations. Soledad, 63, was arrested at his house in Inopacan, Leyte, on trumped-up charges of murder.

"NDFP Consultant Jaime Soledad's rearrest less than a year since he was released under the auspices of peace negotiations smacks of the highest level of treachery by the Aquino regime," said the CPP. Soledad was first arrested in March 2008 in Cavite and detained for three years before being released in July 2011 as part of the Aquino government's compliance with its obligations under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

"In rearresting Soledad, the Aquino regime has violated his rights stipulated in the JASIG against the arrest and detention of document holders," pointed out the CPP.

"The Aquino regime continues to make the resumption of peace negotiations difficult as it persists in violating the JASIG," said the CPP. A little over a month ago, the Aquino government arrested community organizer Reynante Gamara who is also an NDFP consultant in the peace talks.