Re-posted from Bulatlat
Released for Formal
RONALYN V. OLEA August 17, 2016
MANILA — Nine consultants of the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines (NDFP) have been released this week.
Released on bail were Maria Conchita Araneta-Bocala, Renante Gamara,
Ernesto Lorenzo, Roger Soluta, Alan Jazmines, Tirso Alcantara, Alfred
Mapano and Kennedy Bangibang.
Another NDFP consultant, Jaime Soledad, was freed after the Ormoc Regional
Trial Court Branch 35 dropped all the charges against him for lack of
Cristina Palabay, secretary general of human rights alliance Karapatan,
said she expects other NDFP consultants to be released on bail tomorrow.
Twenty-two NDFP consultants filed petitions for bail last week after the
Supreme Court issued a calling on local courts to give appropriate
priority to cases involving NDFP consultants.
The government has said there are certain conditions for the release of
NDFP consultants. The temporary liberty of NDFP consultants is only for
the duration of the peace talks.
Other conditions include returning to the Philippines after the formal
peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway and reporting to the Embassy of the
Republic of the Philippines in Norway whenever required. The GRP panel
also maintained that once the participation of the NDFP consultants ceases
or the peace negotiations are terminated, their respective bonds shall be
Also released on humanitarian grounds were political prisoners Alex and
Palabay said the release of consultants is crucial to the resumption of
formal peace talks scheduled this Aug. 20 to Aug. 27 in Oslo, Norway.