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Justice dep’t seeks return of NDF consultants to jail

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said yesterday the De­partment of Justice has moved for the return to jail of National Democratic Front consultants and Communist Party of the Philippines leaders who were granted tem­porary liberty to participate in the peace talks.

But since the peace talks set last month have been cancelled, Gue­varra said these NDF consultants and CPP leaders should return to their detention cells in line with the conditions in their temporary release.

Specifically, Guevarra said he has directed prosecutors to file the necessary pleadings before the re­gional trial courts of the cities of Manila and Taguig.

“I have given instructions to the prosecutors concerned to move for the revocation of the court orders which allowed the NDF consultants and CPP leaders to post/re-post bail and travel to the Netherlands or Norway, in view of the cancel­lation of the peace talks scheduled last week,” Guevarra said.

Given provisional liberty to par­ticipate in the peace talks were NDF consultants and CPP leaders Benito Tiamzon, Adelberto Silva, Rafael Baylosis, Randall Echanis, Vicente Ladlad, and Alan Jazmines.

Tiamzon, Silva, Baylosis, Echa­nis, and Ladlad were allowed to post bail for their multiple murder cases to enable them to travel to the Netherlands and later to Nor­way for the peace talks. The Taguig RTC granted temporary liberty to Jazmines.

-Rey G. Panaligan