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AFP statement on the arrest of the peace negotiators upon arrival

afp-genuine-logoCamp Aguinaldo, Quezon City — The negotiators enjoy temporary liberty on account of BAIL granted by the courts at the behest and the intercession of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

 

The grant of that temporary liberty is to freely travel in the Philippines and abroad solely to participate in the peace negotiations.

 

With the declaration of the President terminating the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF, it effectively informs the negotiators from both sides of the table to “wind up the activities and come home immediately”.

 

The NDF Negotiators should comply forthwith especially those who are on bail because the ground for the grant of bail has ceased to exist.

 

The Negotiators should surrender themselves to the courts where, we submit, have taken “judicial notice” of the pronouncement of the President terminating the Talks.

 

Failing to do that, the Negotiators will be deemed to have “jumped bail” and thereupon may be validly arrested.

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