Category Archives: Peacetalks

GPH undermines basic peace agreements, refuses to respect and comply with JASIG

In response to the statement of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Negotiating Panel, dated 21 October 2011 but sent out only on 24 October 2011, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel states the following:

The release of the 13 NDFP Consultants and JASIG (Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees) protected persons who are now in the custody of the GPH is an obligation of the GPH in compliance with the JASIG. It is not a precondition that is unilaterally imposed by the NDFP. And neither is it a mere confidence-building measure that is one-sidedly subject to the arbitrary exercise and abuse of discretion of the GPH. The unlawful arrest, detention and prosecution of these JASIG-protected persons are blatant violations of the JASIG, the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), and the laws of the GPH itself. Their immediate release is being demanded by the NDFP as a matter of legal right, to uphold justice and the rule of law. Read More »

Compliance with JASIG and the Oslo Joint Statements is not a precondition but an obligation

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Spokesperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

The Government of the Philippines (GPH, formerly the GRP) through its negotiating panel is lying when it claims that Chairperson Luis Jalandoni of the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has agreed to go into formal talks without the obligatory releases of all or most of the 17 JASIG-protected persons as provided for in the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Oslo joint statements of January and February 2011. Read More »

GPH Negotiating Panel Chairperson Padilla gives notice of no formal talks next month

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Spokesperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

As spokesperson of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), I am obliged to answer the press statements of Alex Padilla of the Negotiating Panel of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) which reveal publicly the contents of his letter to the NDFP Negotiating Panel Chairperson Luis Jalandoni dated 19 August 2011. In due time, the latter shall send his reply.

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Closing statement on the GPH-NDFP formal peace talks in Oslo

Ambassadors Ture Lundh and Knut Solem, and other member of the Royal Norwegian Government facilitation team, Ida Marstein, Fredrik Steen, Lisa Golden and Aina Holm, Atty. Alexander A. Padilla, Chairperson of the GPH Negotiating Panel, members of the GPH Negotiating Panel Atty. Pablito Sanidad, Mr. Edgar Dayanghirang, Ms. Maria Lourdes Tison, Ms. Jurgette Malonzo, and the other members of the GPH delegation,

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Peace panels hold preliminary informal meetings in Hong Kong

Preliminary informal meetings on the peace talks were held on December 1 and 2 in Hong Kong between Atty. Alexander Padilla, Chairperson of the Negotiating Panel of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and Mr. Luis Jalandoni, Chairperson of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

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Resumption of formal talks is still possible if Arroyo government respects and complies with JASIG

jose maria sison It is still possible to resume the formal talks in the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations if the GRP respects and complies with the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). As soon as possible, the GRP and NDFP negotiating panels, with their respective lawyers, should meet in Oslo in order to put in writing the most expeditious methods of removing the impediments on NDFP consultants.

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Bayan Statement on the Dissolution of the GRP Peace Panel in Talks with the MILF

The dissolution of the government peace panel in the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is an attempt at political appeasement at the expense of the peace process. While it appears to appease the opponents of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) and the critics of Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, the move also shuts the door to serious peace negotiations. The move is a dangerous double-bladed sword.
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