DOJ seeks rearrest of Red leaders Tiamzons, Silva


Posted at Dec 07 2017 03:22 PM | Updated as of Dec 10 2017 04:21 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice sought Thursday the rearrest and cancellation of bail of communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon and Adelberto Silva following the collapse of the peace talks between rebels and the government. 

President Rodrigo Duterte freed rebel leaders last year and restarted peace negotiations. Deadly communist attacks against soldiers and police however prompted the President to scuttle the peace talks. 

On Tuesday, he also declared the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its 3,800-member armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA) as "terrorist organisations" that allegedly mount "continued violent acts". 

Given the recent developments, "there is no more legal ground for the continuous provisional liberty" of the Tiamzons and Silva, the DOJ said in a motion for re-commitment and cancellation of bail before a Manila court that granted them bail. 

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.
Soldiers arrested the Tiamzons and 5 others in 2014. 

Benito Tiamzon is identified as the chairman of 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.

-- Report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News