Reds demand complete list of wanted comrades

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Luis Jalandoni

LUCENA CITY, Philippines—The head of the communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Saturday demanded the government to publicly disclose the supposed list of the 235 alleged rebel leaders carrying P467-million reward for their capture.

“The NDFP wants to know those names and identities on the complete list because we want to ascertain whether a judicial warrant of arrest is the basis of the listing of every one or not, and whether or not there is arbitrariness or not,” Luis Jalandoni said in an emailed statement sent to INQUIRER.

According to Jalandoni, the previous listings of alleged wanted communist leaders under various administrations have been characterized by a lack of prior judicial warrants of arrest and by arbitrariness.

“The Aquino government can use the list as a death list for the use of death squads if it does not release all the listed names for public scrutiny. Keeping nearly all such names or most of the 235 names in secrecy and under the fog is a license for harassment, abductions and extrajudicial killings,” Jalandoni warned.

The cash figures were contained in a joint order by the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of National Defense, which was reportedly released by DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas.

Leading the list of wanted rebel leaders, according to report, are New People’s Army top commander Benito Tiamzon, CPP-National Finance Commission head Wilma Tiamzon, National Democratic Front-Mindanao spokesperson Jorge Madlos, and NPA Eastern Mindanao leader Leoncio Pitao.

Roxas also signed a DILG-DND joint order offering P176 million for the arrest of 14 Abu Sayyaf members.

Jalandoni branded the supposed joint order between the DND and DILG as “anomalous and ominous”.

He explained that the police, not the military, are the peace officers in charge of arrests under the administration of the DILG and guidance of the Department of Justice.

Jalandoni pointed out that that government had only announced few names in the media.

He claimed that Wilma Austria-Tiamzon is protected by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig) as one of the NDFP’s consultants with its on and off peace talks with the government.

“To list and target our consultants is an attack on the peace process. The NDFP wants to ensure that the Jasig is respected and not violated,” Jalandoni said.

The Jasig prohibits both parties to subject to surveillance, arrest or criminal persecution personnel of either side who serve as officials, consultants or staff members in peace negotiations.

Jalandoni noted that the bounty offering was the second time this year that the Aquino administration has jacked up the cash reward for the capture of communist leaders.

He recalled that the first one was in August when it announced the rewards of P5.6 million each for Benito Tiamzon and Jorge Madlos.

In an earlier statement, Jalandoni said the bounty offer was “another flagrant violation of the binding bilateral peace agreement that provides safety and immunity guarantees to those involved in the peace negotiations”.

“It exposes the Aquino regime’s utter contempt for peace negotiations with the NDFP,” he said.

He added the order “only seeks to criminalize the revolutionary movement”.

The on-and-off peace talks between the government and the communist rebels have been stalled since 2004 and have yet to return to the peace table after they first met in Oslo in February last year.

The communist and government representatives were both adamant in pushing for their respective preconditions before the start of the talks.

The NDFP insisted that the state security forces first released their jailed comrades before the start of the negotiation. The government rejected the demand.

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  • My mom

    NDF should publish its own list of peace talk consultants so government operatives could strike those affected off their list. The problem is that both lists appear to be secret. This should not be the case. Confidence-building is the predicate of every peace effort.

  • ruben_bush

    the ndf is not serious in their peacetalks. they only want to use this for money making. they have always said that these talks are only tactical, –it is part of their overall strategy of armed struggle.   the armed struggle is always the principal form for these maoists. why talk to them? they are just a handful of ragtag criminal elements who do extortion.  let them self-desintegrate, their old guard leaders are in their 70’s now.  like their counter parts in polpots’s cambodia, they will all fade away soon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    On the contrary, I believe that the cash rewards for the arrest of these members of the pseudo-communist organization should even be higher. 

    The cost of the deaths of innocent victims under the hands of the NPA and their network of kidnappers, bank robbers, extortion syndicates, human traffickers, drug couriers, loose firearms dealers, assassins, spies in government service and private business sectors, paid journalists writing falsely about actual situations in our country, street agitators, goons, infiltrators among labor sector, including the loss of livelihood and income from the displacement of families due to the physical presence of these criminals in the areas where law-abiding Filipinos reside and earn an income is much, much more than what is being offered for the long overdue arrests of these troublemakers.

    Luis Jalandoni does not deserve to be taken seriously. He and his twin-terrorist-minded friend, JoMa Sison, do not want to prevail in our country. They make millions of pesos monthly from their criminal activities and hundreds of thousands of Eurodollar from the socialist countries that they gypped with “tales of human rights violations” in the Philippines. Netherlands must extradite or deport these cowards hiding in that country and continue to build groups of OFWs brainwashed by their false “nationalism ideals” and agitate them to reject economic gains in our country.

    Our government must wake up now and stop any “peace talks” because the NDF has an agenda to destroy the democratic processes in our country. 

  • joboni96

    mga kaka
    concentrate sa intsik switik at dayuhang

    miners
    loggers
    drug lords
    smugglers
    hotmoney investors, not investors who build
    toxic wastes importers
    fisheries poachers
    gambling operators
    overseas pilipinos abusers

    specially when government
    does not do its duties

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4GAGU3D2OUBWCKFB3WUWTALDXU Brahman

      sama mo na rin mga Amputaan, political dynasty, corrupt politicians, government officials, police, and military na nagnanakaw ng kaban ng bayan

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “The NDFP wants to know those names and identities . . .”

    Yes, of course, Mr. Jalandoni.  And you also provide the government with their addresses and current photographs—front, left and right profiles. 

    And, stop whining about the rewards!  You and the NDFP ain’t taxpayers!

  • Ricgwapo

    It is sad that there is no sincerity at all in regard to the so called “peace process”. More death and destruction are expected, more preconditions are made that hamper even the of talking points.

    This is leading to nowhere. 

    Personally, the communist movement is not that any more popular, if it were, it would have already gained popular support.

    There has always been the illusion there is popular support for a one party system that lacks real democracy and freedom. 

    Truly there are nationalistic pride in changing a sick, but this could be done in a manner that does not need forceful method using arms. The ideas of equality has not yet left the minds of the majority Filipino people, hence, there is still strong  ideals that with current type of government, change, using peaceful methods could effect the changes we all want.

    We could not do ideals and undo men’s follies by ourselves, without the guidance and help from our Creator.

    The moment we disengage or even not acknowledge the existence of God Almighty, nothing could be achieved and if something is achieved, it this out of the works of men, that will not last forever for unbelievers.

    Trust the Lord with all our heart, mind and spirit, and we will have a society that will blossom, even in the midst of chaos and confusion. Don’t trust the workings of men, of ideologies, of things that seems to be right, but without the blessing of God Almighty, we go nowhere as a nation.

    God Almighty is the only way, for the Holy Spirit will guide all our actions to righteousness, to homeward bound where we all belong and been made ready through the great sacrifice by Jesus Christ!

    There is always the way, by starting to believe that there is the Creator, God Almighty and not by ideologies made by men that could effect change by ourselves.

    We pray for our brethren who has taken a different path that their hearts be softened by the spirit of God and that our nation be healed by our disbelief and acceptance that nothing is impossible with the Lord!

  • MULEN

    Now it’s payback time for the lowly citizens, especially those living in the countryside, who are often the target of the CPP/NPA’s extortion activities. Pera pera lang din ang katapat sa mga walang kuwentang mangongotong na mga ito. 

  • javert24601

    Their crimes and sins will now haunt them. Ang daming magagaling na kabataan ang nasayang dahil sa pagiging biktima ng agitation ng CPP-NPA-NDF na to..tsk tsk

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FUVIB7CSAPFSTHQRONK7F2C6NU jay

    Your movement Mr. Jalandoni offers nothing new to coutryside populace but harrasment, unaccounted revolutionary taxes and economic sabotage heavilly felt by the very same people you boastfully declare to protect, the FARMERS. You can not even catch a common cattle rustler or coconut thieves. It’s about time to give us a break and let us live alone. We don’t need your organization as we never needed you before. Please, please, please!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4GAGU3D2OUBWCKFB3WUWTALDXU Brahman

      Kung totoong mga makabayan yang mga NPA, sa dami ng mga kurakot na politiko sa Mindanao at maging sa Visaya at Bicol at sa ibang lugar kung saan sila may mga pwersang may armas, bat di mga taong to ang kanilang patayin at isama na rin nila mga pyramid scammers, carnappers, kidnappers, rapist, at murderers, total wala namang kwenta mga kapulpulisan natin dahil puro lang sila kutong at palaki tyan. Isama na rin pala nila mga tiwaling pulis sa hit list nila. Di lalo silang(NPA)  babango sa mga mamamayan.

  • carlorocci

    What makes this group relevant to Filipino people? Ano na ba napakinabang ng mga Filipino sa CPP-NPA?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Stop the CPP-NPA sh*t. Nandyan ang mga Marcoses bakit hindi nyo tirahin, bakit ung mga business owners na away mag bigay ng suhol sa inyo ang tinitira nyo.

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