The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns the arrest of two members of the NDFP staff for peace negotiations. The CPP demands the Duterte regime to immediately release Alexander Birondo and Winona Birondo who are both covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) having participated in the NDFP-GRP peace negotiations in 2016-2017.
The couple was arrested at their apartment in San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City.
The Party denounces the filing of trumped up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives which were obviously planted by the police raiding team in order to prolong the detention of the Birondos. The Birondos were unarmed. They have been doing research and information work for the NDFP and are not part of the NPA.
The arrest of the Birondos shows the extreme treachery of the Duterte regime. The NDFP conducted peace talks with the Duterte government with the aim of addressing the roots of the armed conflict and putting forward proposals to resolve the country’s problems. But Duterte did not exhibit the same sincerity and instead ordered the cancellation of the talks in 2017, entrap and arrest the NDFP’s leaders and subsequently declare a brutal all-out war.