GPH makes resumption of formal talks impossible and obscures Dutch complicity in fouling up decryption code

 PRESS STATEMENT


By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI

Spokesperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

9 September 2011

**GPH makes resumption of formal talks impossible and obscures Dutch
complicity in fouling up decryption code**

The statements yesterday of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda
and Chairperson Alexander Padilla of the Negotiating Panel of the
Government of the Philippines (GPH, formerly designated as GRP) have
made impossible the resumption of formal talks between the GPH and the
National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Luis Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma, chairperson and member, respectively,
of the NDFP Negotiating Panel have been exhausting all diplomatic and
political means to ensure that the formal talks between the GPH and
the NDFP push through on a principled basis.

But the GPH response has been to publicly declare that it has no
intention of complying with the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity
Guarantees (JASIG) and the Oslo joint statements of January and
February 2011 by denying its obligation to release all or most of the
17 JASIG-protected individuals (as of February 2011) under its
military custody.

Padilla even attempted to throw the blame on the NDFP for the GPH own
non-compliance by citing the unsuccessful decrypting of the encrypted
photographs in the safety deposit box. Padilla feigns ignorance of the
connivance between the GRP/GPH and the Dutch government in the raids
conducted on seven houses in The Netherlands and the confiscation of
all electronic equipments, including the decrypting diskettes, which
resulted in the fouling up of the decryption code and the non-return
of the most important diskette.

Chairperson Jalandoni has made clear that the NDFP is determined to
pursue the peace negotiations with the GPH to address the roots of the
armed conflict, forge agreements on basic social, economic and
political reforms, and pave the way for a just and lasting peace in
the country. But the GPH must show good faith and comply with signed
agreements – in this particular case the JASIG and Oslo joint
statements as a positive step towards resuming the formal talks.

How can the GPH be trusted to comply with core agreements or any other
agreement when it willfully refuses to comply with the JASIG, an
agreement that merely guarantees the safety and immunity of
individuals (including those of the Manila government) involved in the
peace negotiations? How can the GRP inspire confidence when it
considers compliance with obligations under signed agreements as
“precondition”?

The NDFP will not agree to sit across the negotiating table with the
GPH in any formal talks or meetings while the GPH refuses to comply
with signed agreements and holds hostage the JASIG-protected
individuals. The NDFP will refuse to negotiate under duress and until
the GPH and its negotiators show sincerity and honor their word by
complying with obligations under the JASIG and the Oslo joint
statements of January and February 2011 by releasing all or most of
the JASIG-protected individuals.

It has become abundantly clear that the GPH/GRP is out to scuttle the
peace negotiations, blame the NDFP for scuttling these and justify the
US-designed Oplan Bayanihan, a brutal military campaign of suppression
thinly masked as a peace and development plan.