Meanwhile, a detained peace consultant of the NDFP said that the DAP is one of Aquino’s “dictatorial means” to control the bureaucracy.
Roy Erecre, one of the 15 currently detained JASIG-protected peace consultants, wryly asked, “What meaningful development has Aquino started when all he wanted is to control everything through dictatorial means, specifically in the form of the Disbursement Acceleration Program.”
“We welcome the release of the four prisoners of war by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. We view the release as a gesture of goodwill in the peace negotiation with the Philippine government. It is about time the Aquino administration releases political prisoners to reciprocate the NDFP’s act and to honor its commitment as stated in the 2011 GPH-NDFP Oslo Joint Statement,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.
The political prisoners ended their four-day fast that started in July 25 to July 28, the day BS Aquino delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). The political prisoners lauded the “People’s SONA” saying it was a “meaningful show of people’s unity against the presidential pork, the Disbursement Acceleration Program, and all that DAP represents—a corrupt and bankrupt bureaucracy.”