NDFP-Laguna condemns the Abduction of Jesus Abetria and Restituto Galicia !

Gregorio “Ka Roger” Asedillo
NDFP-Laguna
August 8, 2012

The NDFP-LAGUNA and the entire revolutionary movement in the province of Laguna, vehemently condemns the abduction and torture of NDFP-Laguna leader Jesus Abetria, 50 years old, and his staff, Restituto Galicia, 27 yrs old, by members of 1st IB-PA-AFP and PNP-Region 4A in Barangay Longos, Kalayaan, Laguna.

The two NDFP-Laguna members who are also involved in peace negotiations serving as NDFP-Southern Tagalog staff members of consultants on peace negotiations between CPP-NPA-NDFP and Government of the Philippines (GPH) were abducted last August 5, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the evening while on board an owner-type jeep driven by Mr. Florante Reyes of San Antonio, Kalayaan, Laguna who volunteered to accompany them to the hospital upon learning that Jesus Abetria is sick and needs immediate medical attention.

Though visibly sick, the joint forces of government troops from the 1st IB-PA and PNP-Region 4A, forcefully dragged Jesus Abetria out of the vehicle, kicked him and hit him with their rifles before dragging him and his staff inside the military vehicle. Instead of bringing him to a medical facility, he was brought to an undisclosed military safehouse together with his staff where he was tortured and being forced to admit crimes they did not commit.

They are being interrogated without the benefit of counsel and being held without justifiable reason. From August 5, 2012 until now, they are being kept incommunicado in an undisclosed detention facility. Their families fear that the two NDFP-Laguna members would turn-out as additional statistics in the unabated extra-judicial killings under the Noynoy Aquino Regime.

Their driver, Mr. Florante Reyes, was released after being subjected to physical and psychological torture. He was released after a day with a threat not to divulge anything about the illegal arrest lest he and his family be harmed by the elements of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police.

The abduction and being kept incommunicado of Jesus Abetria and Restituto Galicia is a clear violation of international war protocols and the Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). The provisions of the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) is also applicable to them as staff members of NDFP-ST who are involved in peace negotiotiations with the GPH.

Mr. Jesus Abetria also needs immediate medical attention and must be brought to a medical facility instead of an undisclosed detention facility.

This act of GPH security personnel against NDFP members clearly shows that the Aquino regime is not serious in peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDFP. They talk about peace while their security forces is doing the abduction, torture and extra-judicial killing under the counter-insurgency Operation Plan BAYANIHAN which is no better than the much hated OPLAN BANTAY LAYA of the corrupt GMA regime. Certainly, the abduction of Jesus Abetria and Restituto Galicia adds to the growing obstacle in the Peace Negotiation between the NDFP and GPH.

We challenge the Aquino regime to respect the human rights of Jesus Abetria and Restituto Galicia and order his armed forces to immediately surface the said NDFP -- Laguna members. He must order the military captors of Jesus Abetria to immediately release him for confinement to a medical facility and be taken care of medical personnel of his own choice.

WE DEMAND THAT THE ABDUCTORS OF JESUS ABETRIA AND RESTITUTO GALICIA BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CRIMES!

SURFACE JESUS ABETRIA AND RESTITUTO GALICIA! PUNISH THEIR ABDUCTORS!

JUSTICE FOR JESUS ABETRIA, RESTITUTO GALICIA AND ALL VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS!