NDF admits Tiamzons' arrest 'a big loss'
DAVAO CITY - The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) insists the government violated the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) when authorities arrested Benito and Wilma Tiamzon and five other members of the central committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) in Cebu province.
In a phone interview with NDFP spokesperson Jorge Madlos or Ka Oris, he reiterated that the Tiamzons are consultants in the peace process between the government and the NDFP.
He demanded their immediate release.
"Ito ay isang malaking paglabag sa mga pinirmahang kasunduan between the National Democratic Front at saka ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas," Madlos said.
While the arrest of the Tiamzons is a big loss to the communist group, Madlos insisted that this will not affect their operations.
"Ito'y malaking kawalan ito sa revolutionary movement. Hindi ito makaapekto strategically sa pagsusulong pa rin sa rebolosyunaryong kilusan sa buong bansa," he said.
The arrest happened a few days before the 45th anniversary of the CPP-NPA on March 29.
Madlos said they are preparing their tactical offensives especially in Mindanao where the military added more troops due to the recent attacks in Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley.
Meanwhile, Madlos said the Bangsamoro peace accord which is set to be signed tomorrow will end up like the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) agreement with the government.
He said it will not guarantee lasting peace in Moro lands.
"Wala rin tayong nakikitang tunay na pagbabago sa hanay ng mamamayang Moro. Patuloy pa rin sila na i-exploit at i-oppress ng gobyerno at mga naghaharing-uri sa Mindanao. Kaya we expect na sa hinaharap, magpapatuloy ang pakikibaka ng mga mamamayang Moro upang makamit ang kanilang tunay na right to self determination," Madlos said.