“President Duterte’s ‘cancellation’ of the formal peacetalks of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has further emboldened State security forces to arrest and detain activists, development workers, peace consultants and civilians on trumped up criminal charges, in line with the counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan. Instead of releasing political prisoners, the Duterte administration seems to be in a rampage to increase the number of individuals suffering from this kind of injustice,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in a rally at Camp Crame, Quezon City today, February 14.
Peace and human rights advocates from Japan, Australia, Italy, Ireland, and the United Kingdom have expressed alarm and concern on the recent political killings and arrests in the Philippines, as well as on the declarations of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on the “cancellation” of the formal peacetalks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
“Warmongers like Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the AFP are lying through their teeth when they assure the public that there will be no human rights violations despite the military’s declaration of an all-out war against the New People’s Army (NPA). Military abuses against communities and activists continue with the implementation of Oplan Kapayapaan, the new counter-insurgency program of the Duterte administration,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
“With the arrest of peace consultant Ariel Arbitario this morning, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is clearly taking advantage of the verbal orders of Pres. Duterte, despite no formal notice of termination of the formal peacetalks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) still in force,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said on the today’s arrest of NDFP peace consultant Ariel Arbitrario.