A local court has granted bail to communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon and Adelberto Silva ahead of the scheduled peace talks with the communist insurgency in Oslo later this month.
Initial reports said Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 granted the motion for release on bail for the Tiamzon couple and Silva.
The court also allowed the travel of the Tiamzon couple, Silva, Satur Ocampo, Randal Echaniz and Rafael Baylosis to Oslo for the talks.
The Tiamzons, Satur Ocampo and their co-accused are facing multiple murder charges for the brutal killing of 15 civilians discovered in a mass grave in 2006 in Inopacan, Leyte.
The Philippine military arrested the Tiamzons, along with five others, in 2014 based on a warrant issued by a regional trial court in Leyte.
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Benito Tiamzon is identified as the chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) while his wife is the secretary-general of the group.
Silva, who was arrested at his home in Bacoor City in 2015, is identified as the CPP’s secretary general and concurrent chief of the National Organization Department.
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The National Democratic Front has claimed the Tiamzons are ''peace consultants'' and should be immune from arrest.
NDFP, itinangging utak sa masaker ang mag-asawang Tiamzon