NDFP demands the immediate and unconditional release
of consultant Alan Jazmines*
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), through its Peace Negotiating Panel, is demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Alan Jazmines, an NDFP consultant, who was arrested today by a combined team from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Baliuag, Bulacan.
According to Luis Jalandoni, Chairperson of the NDFP peace panel, Jazmines is covered by protection of the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). He is a holder of a document of identification (DI) in accordance with the JASIG. He has been an NDFP consultant to the peace talks since the time of the Ramos government.
Jalandoni said the arrest of Jasminez is an attempt by the AFP and PNP to disrupt the peace negotiations which are just about to be resumed on February 15 to 21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway.
It is imperative that Jazmines be released immediately and unconditionally, stressed Jalandoni, so that there will be no disruption of the formal peace talks. Jazmines must be available to participate in the next round of formal peace talks, Jalandoni further said.