Monthly Archives: August 2009

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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2002 Balikatan Terms of Reference allowed US troops to be in combat

The 2002 Balikatan Terms of Reference may have given rise to the initial combat involvement of US forces in Mindanao, according to the umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.

Various news sources have pointed out that reports of US involvement in actual combat in Mindanao existed as early as 2002, with the reported shooting of Buyong-buyong Isnijal in Basilan by a certain Sgt. Reggie Lane. Lane was reportedly part of a patrol that entered the house of Isnijal, according to reports of the International Solidarity Mission which was then headed by Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and accompanied by human rights group Karapatan. According to the ISM, Isnijal and his family distinctly heard the US soldiers to tell them, in English, to “stay down” as the US soldiers entered their house.

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