By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Gloria Madonna Velarde
MANILA, Philippines- The leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Saturday denounced the Manila government for reissuing and raising the bounty against its leaders involved in the current peace negotiations with the Government of the Philippines (GPH).
TIn a press statement issued to local and international press, a copy of which was emailed to all voices, the CPP said the action of the Aquino government was a grave violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).
This latest move reveals the Aquino regime's lack of serious intent with regard peace negotiations with the NDFP, said the CPP. Before the weekend, military and state security officials identified with the ruling Aquino clique announced that the bounty for a number of NDFP officials, including Comrades Benito Tiamzon and Jorge Madlos has been raised to as much as P5.5 million. Tiamzon and Madlos are key and prominent officials of the NDFP, the latter serving as spokesperson of the NDFP in Mindanao.
The JASIG, which was signed by the principals of the Philippine government (GPH) and NDFP in 1998, binds both the GPH and the NDFP to guarantee the security of negotiators, consultants and personnel of the parties engaged in the peace talks.
The agreement between the CPP and the Philippine government, prohibits the Aquino government and the Philippine state from subjecting peace personnel to surveillance, arrest, detention, filing of criminal charges and any persecutorial or punitive acts that would impair their effective participation in the peace talks.
"Since assuming power," added the CPP, "the Aquino regime has been violating the JASIG with impunity."
There are a number of NDFP consultants currently imprisoned in various police and military detention centers. These include, among others, Alan Jazmines, Tirso Alcantara, Renante Gamara, Ramon Patriarca, Eduardo Serrano, Eduardo Sarmiento, Pedro Codaste and Randy Malayao.
"The most recent violation of the JASIG was the abduction last August 5 of NDFP-Southern Tagalog consultant Jesus Abetria and a member of his staff, Restituto Galicia, in Kalayaan, Laguna by operatives of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police.
"Furthermore, the GPH has yet to face responsibility for the abduction and enforced disappearance in 2006 of NDFP officials and consultants Leo Velasco, Pedro Calubid, Rogelio Calubad and their staff," said the CPP.