Denounce arrest of Southern Tagalog NDFP peace consultant
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns the Duterte regime and its military and police forces for the unlawful arrest earlier today of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Ernesto Lorenzo, together with Maria Fe Serrano, Andrei Medina, Plinky Longhas and another companion. They were arrested as they were queueing up to receive Covid-19 shots at the Nayong Pilipino Vaccination Center in Parañaque City.
The arrest of Lorenzo violates his rights under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) which guarantees the security of personnel and consultants of the negotiating panels of the NDFP and the Philippine government against surveillance, arrest or any other form of reprisal.
We demand that Lorenzo and his companions be released immediately.
We demand the Duterte regime to end its policy of repression against the NDFP’s personnel and peace consultants. The arrest of Lorenzo comes at the heels of the recent arrests of Esteban Manuel in Samar, and Edwin Alcid in Northern Samar, and the abduction and killing of Ezequiel Daguman in Davao del Norte last month.
The heightening attacks of the Duterte regime against the NDFP as well as against activists and supporters of the political opposition are indicative of its increasing desperation to cling to power.
The Filipino people must remain on high alert to the regime’s schemes to resort to heightened suppression and extralegal means and vigorously oppose any attempts to perpetuate his tyrannical rule.