Thursday, August 04, 2005

KA PAENG NEWS: Crackdown Vs legal activists seen after GRP termination of peace talks

Office of Representative RAFAEL V. MARIANO
South Wing - 615, House of Representatives
Constitution Hills, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. No. 931-6397& 931-5001 loc. 7314

August 4, 2005

References: Rep. RAFAEL MARIANO, ANAKPAWIS Party-list (0920-9507361)
Jim Fernando, Public Information Officer (0920-9507362)

Crackdown Vs legal activists seen after GRP termination of peace talks

Anakpawis party-list Representative Rafael Mariano today expressed alarm over the Arroyo government’s indefinite suspension of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig) of leaders of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) warning that “the termination could lead to a crackdown against legal personalities of militant people’s organizations.”

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said about 97 members of the NDF now face arrest after he announce that the government peace panel would officially serve notice of the termination of the Jasig to the NDF yesterday.

Mariano said that by terminating the Jasig, the Arroyo government virtually gave the military and the police a license to attack people’s organizations.

“We should expect a new round of crackdown against legal political activists following the Arroyo government’s unilateral termination of the peace negotiations,” he warned.

“In fact, even with the Jasig, the administration’s all-out war policy continues and has gone too far to openly linking legal and democratic organizations with the NDF as proven by the military’s ‘Know the Enemy’ document,” says Mariano.

Mariano blasted the move to terminate the Jasig as a desperate attempt by the Arroyo government to harass the NDF who called on the Filipino people to oust Ms Arroyo.

“The weakening Arroyo government is exerting all efforts to water down the increasing clamor for Ms Arroyo’s ouster from power,” says the militant lawmaker.

“This confirms that the Arroyo administration has no intent of resolving the prejudicial question of the ‘terrorist’ listing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, and Prof. Jose Ma. Sison,” says Mariano.

Aside from the prejudicial question, Mariano added that “the Arroyo administration completely showed its insincerity to address the next substantive agenda on social and economic reforms.”

“It is imperative to continue the peace negotiations, even with the next administration, because the next substantive agenda involves addressing the root causes of the 36-year armed conflict,” Mariano stressed. #


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