Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [12.09.16] – The government of the Republic of the Philippines under President Rodrigo R. Duterte has to keep an “ace in the hole” as far as the on going unilateral ceasefire between the Government of the Philippines [GRP] and [NDFP] – political prisoners will remain locked inside detention cells.
President Duterte on Thursday afternoon told the media at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bicol International Airport in Alobo, Daraga, Albay when he was asked about the status of release of the political prisoners.
He said in Filipino, “Maubos ang baraha ko. I-release ko lahat iyan ano pa ang pag-usapan naming? [I will lose all my cards if I release them all?”]
For now I have to see the substantive results of the peace process Duterte told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bicol International Airport in Daraga, Albay.
“I have conceded to the communists to much too soon. As yet I have to see a substantive progress of the talks. Sorry, I cannot do that,” he said.
Recently, the Communist Party of the Philippines [CPP] has threatened to rescind the unilateral interim ceasefire it declared in August, 28, 2016, if the government will not release all political detainees by January next year.
The possibility of the cancellation of the interim unilateral ceasefire was issued in a statement made by according to The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines, through its CPP founder Jose Maria Sison.
Sison said that party is ready to terminate the August 28, 2016 unilateral declaration of interim ceasefire in case no amnesty and release of all political prisoners would occur in December or January.
Earlier, the Communist Party of the Philippines has rejected the government’s plan to release 50 political prisoners by the end of December, saying all political prisoners should be freed and should not be used as a bargaining chips in the peace process.
A call to the Duterte administration for the release, relatives and supporters of political prisoners including political prisoners in various detention centers around the country went into fasting since December 2.
As of December 7, 2016, 76 political prisoners went on hunger strike while 122 who are elderly and sick has also joined the fasting in different detention centers across the country.