Aquino government must release Magpatoc and other NDFP Consultants

NDFP International Information Office
September 10, 2013

The NDFP Negotiating Panel strongly condemns the Aquino government’s refusal to release NDFP Consultant Ma. Loida Magpatoc, 52, in compliance with its solemn obligation under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

Magpatoc’s NDFP Document of Identification No. ND978254 carries her photo with data on her identifying features. Together with the Letter of Acknowledgment issued and signed by then Panel Chairperson of the government of the Republic of the Philippines Silvestre H. Bello III, this entitles her to safe passage and immunity from arrest, detention, surveillance and other punitive actions.


The Aquino government’s Negotiating Panel claims that there is no proof that Ms. Magpatoc and Ms. Puri Feleo, mentioned in Secretary Bello’s Letter of Acknowledgment and the NDFP Document of Identification, are one and the same. The photo and the identifying characteristics in her Document of Identification however, are concrete proof that this claim is wrong.

By obstinately refusing to honor binding peace agreements, the Aquino government insults the word of honor and binding authority of GRP officials — former President Fidel V. Ramos, Ambassador Howard Dee, former GRP Negotiating Panel Chairperson Silvestre H. Bello, and then Congressman Jose Yap, the emissary of President Ramos who negotiated and signed The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992.

It was also under then President Ramos, with Ambassador Dee, Secretary Bello, Congressman Yap and former Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, as GRP Negotiating Panel Chair and Members respectively, that the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) was signed in 1998. This was subsequently approved by then President Joseph Estrada.

In accordance with the CARHRIHL, the 430 political prisoners ought to be released including the more than a dozen NDFDP Consultants and JASIG-protected NDFP personnel.

Peace advocates all over the country and abroad are clamoring for the resumption of the GPH-NDFP peace talks. GPH President Aquino ought to listen to them. He must take the responsibility for honoring agreements the GRP/GPH has entered into. He should release all political prisoners, including all Consultants of the NDFP.

For multimedia, archived materials, and additional information about the NDFP and the Philippine revolutionary struggle, please visit our websites:
www.ndfp.net
www.philippinerevolution.net

We welcome your inquiries, comments and suggestions. Contact the NDFP International Information Office at:
mailing address:
Amsterdamsestraatweg 50
3513 AG Utrecht
The Netherlands
telephone: +31 30 2310431
email: ndf@casema.nl | info@ndfp.net

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Pilipino Version

Dapat palayain ng gubyernong Aquino si Magpatoc at ang iba pang Konsultant ng NDFP

NDFP International Information Office
September 10, 2013

Mariing kinukundena ng Negotiating Panel ng NDFP ang hindi pagpapalaya ng gubyernong Aquino sa Konsultant ng NDFP na si Ma. Loida Magpatoc, 52, isang obligasyon nito sa ilalim ng Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

Ang Dokumento ng Pagkakakilanlan bilang NDFP ni Magpatoc na may numerong ND978254 ay may litrato niya at may datos ng pagkakakilanlan. Kasama nito ang Letter of Acknowledgement (Dokumento ng Pagkilala) na inilabas at nilagdaan ng dating tagapangulo sa negosasyon ng gubyerno ng Republika ng Pilipinas na si Silvestre H. Bello III, dapat ay pinalampas siya at may imunidad sa pag-aresto, detensyon, paniniktik at sa iba pang aksyong pamarusa.

Ang sinasabi ng Panel sa Negosasyon ng gubyernong Aquino ay walang patunay na si Ms. Magpatoc at si Ms. Puri Feleo, na binanggit sa Letter oAquino government must release Magpatoc and other NDFP Consultants

NDFP International Information Office
September 10, 2013

The NDFP Negotiating Panel strongly condemns the Aquino government’s refusal to release NDFP Consultant Ma. Loida Magpatoc, 52, in compliance with its solemn obligation under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

Magpatoc’s NDFP Document of Identification No. ND978254 carries her photo with data on her identifying features. Together with the Letter of Acknowledgment issued and signed by then Panel Chairperson of the government of the Republic of the Philippines Silvestre H. Bello III, this entitles her to safe passage and immunity from arrest, detention, surveillance and other punitive actions.

The Aquino government’s Negotiating Panel claims that there is no proof that Ms. Magpatoc and Ms. Puri Feleo, mentioned in Secretary Bello’s Letter of Acknowledgment and the NDFP Document of Identification, are one and the same. The photo and the identifying characteristics in her Document of Identification however, are concrete proof that this claim is wrong.

By obstinately refusing to honor binding peace agreements, the Aquino government insults the word of honor and binding authority of GRP officials — former President Fidel V. Ramos, Ambassador Howard Dee, former GRP Negotiating Panel Chairperson Silvestre H. Bello, and then Congressman Jose Yap, the emissary of President Ramos who negotiated and signed The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992.

It was also under then President Ramos, with Ambassador Dee, Secretary Bello, Congressman Yap and former Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, as GRP Negotiating Panel Chair and Members respectively, that the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) was signed in 1998. This was subsequently approved by then President Joseph Estrada.

In accordance with the CARHRIHL, the 430 political prisoners ought to be released including the more than a dozen NDFDP Consultants and JASIG-protected NDFP personnel.

Peace advocates all over the country and abroad are clamoring for the resumption of the GPH-NDFP peace talks. GPH President Aquino ought to listen to them. He must take the responsibility for honoring agreements the GRP/GPH has entered into. He should release all political prisoners, including all Consultants of the NDFP.

For multimedia, archived materials, and additional information about the NDFP and the Philippine revolutionary struggle, please visit our websites:
www.ndfp.net
www.philippinerevolution.net

We welcome your inquiries, comments and suggestions. Contact the NDFP International Information Office at:
mailing address:
Amsterdamsestraatweg 50
3513 AG Utrecht
The Netherlands
telephone: +31 30 2310431
email: ndf@casema.nl | info@ndfp.net

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Pilipino Version

Dapat palayain ng gubyernong Aquino si Magpatoc at ang iba pang Konsultant ng NDFP

NDFP International Information Office
September 10, 2013

Mariing kinukundena ng Negotiating Panel ng NDFP ang hindi pagpapalaya ng gubyernong Aquino sa Konsultant ng NDFP na si Ma. Loida Magpatoc, 52, isang obligasyon nito sa ilalim ng Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

Ang Dokumento ng Pagkakakilanlan bilang NDFP ni Magpatoc na may numerong ND978254 ay may litrato niya at may datos ng pagkakakilanlan. Kasama nito ang Letter of Acknowledgement (Dokumento ng Pagkilala) na inilabas at nilagdaan ng dating tagapangulo sa negosasyon ng gubyerno ng Republika ng Pilipinas na si Silvestre H. Bello III, dapat ay pinalampas siya at may imunidad sa pag-aresto, detensyon, paniniktik at sa iba pang aksyong pamarusa.

Ang sinasabi ng Panel sa Negosasyon ng gubyernong Aquino ay walang patunay na si Ms. Magpatoc at si Ms. Puri Feleo, na binanggit sa Letter of Acknowledgement ni Secretary Bello ay iisa at parehong tao. Ang larawan at ang mga katangian ng pagkakakilanlan sa kanyang Dokumento ng Pagkakakilanlan ay kongkretong patunay na mali ito.

Sa pagmamatigas na igalang ang mga umiiral ng mga kasunduan sa kapayapaan, iniinsulto ng gubyernong Aquino ang palabra de honor at ang umiiral na awtoridad ng mga upisyal ng GRP — sina dating Presidente Fidel V. Ramos, Ambassador Howard Dee, dating Chairperson ng Negotiating Panel ng GRP na si Silvestre H. Bello at ang Kongreman noon na si Jose Yap, ang sugo ni Presidente Ramos na nakipag-usap at lumagda sa The Hague Joint Declartion ng 1992.

Sa panahon din ni Presidente Ramos, kasama sina Ambassador Dee bilang tagapangulo ng Negotiating Panel ng GRP at mga myembro nitong sina Secretary Bello, Congressman Yap at dating Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, nalagdaan noong 1998 ang Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). Inaprubahan ito pagkatapos ng noo’y presidente na Joseph Estrada.

Sang-ayon sa CARHRIHL, ang 430 na mga bilanggong pulitikal ay dapat palayain kabilang ang mahigit isang dosena Konsultant ng NDFP at mga personahe ng NDFP na protektado ng JAISG.

Isinisigaw ng mga tagapagtaguyod ng kapayapaan sa bansa at maging sa ibayong-dagat ang muling pagtutuloy ng usapang pangkapayapaan ng GPH-NDFP. Dapat silang dinggin ng presidente ng GPH na si Aquino. Responsibilidad niyang igalang ang mga kasunduang pinasok ng GRP/GPH. Dapat niyang palayain ang lahat ng bilanggong pulitikal, kabilang ang lahat ng Konsultant ng NDFP.f Acknowledgement ni Secretary Bello ay iisa at parehong tao. Ang larawan at ang mga katangian ng pagkakakilanlan sa kanyang Dokumento ng Pagkakakilanlan ay kongkretong patunay na mali ito.

Sa pagmamatigas na igalang ang mga umiiral ng mga kasunduan sa kapayapaan, iniinsulto ng gubyernong Aquino ang palabra de honor at ang umiiral na awtoridad ng mga upisyal ng GRP — sina dating Presidente Fidel V. Ramos, Ambassador Howard Dee, dating Chairperson ng Negotiating Panel ng GRP na si Silvestre H. Bello at ang Kongreman noon na si Jose Yap, ang sugo ni Presidente Ramos na nakipag-usap at lumagda sa The Hague Joint Declartion ng 1992.

Sa panahon din ni Presidente Ramos, kasama sina Ambassador Dee bilang tagapangulo ng Negotiating Panel ng GRP at mga myembro nitong sina Secretary Bello, Congressman Yap at dating Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, nalagdaan noong 1998 ang Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). Inaprubahan ito pagkatapos ng noo’y presidente na Joseph Estrada.

Sang-ayon sa CARHRIHL, ang 430 na mga bilanggong pulitikal ay dapat palayain kabilang ang mahigit isang dosena Konsultant ng NDFP at mga personahe ng NDFP na protektado ng JAISG.

Isinisigaw ng mga tagapagtaguyod ng kapayapaan sa bansa at maging sa ibayong-dagat ang muling pagtutuloy ng usapang pangkapayapaan ng GPH-NDFP. Dapat silang dinggin ng presidente ng GPH na si Aquino. Responsibilidad niyang igalang ang mga kasunduang pinasok ng GRP/GPH. Dapat niyang palayain ang lahat ng bilanggong pulitikal, kabilang ang lahat ng Konsultant ng NDFP.