“The positive outcome of the formal talks held in Oslo, Norway last week removed the animosity and over suspicion left behind by the two previous administrations.” — Benito Tiamzon
Tags: political prisoners
“We cannot achieve this successful and very significant step forward in the peace negotiations without the strong commitment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the spirit of goodwill and friendliness of our counterparts…”
“This policy and practice of filing trumped-up criminal charges against social workers, religious, human rights advocates, leaders of people’s organizations and consultants to the peace process have to stop.”
Lawyers are hopeful that other local courts will also grant the motions for release on bail of all the 22 NDFP consultants.
Peace negotiations shall resume in the higher interest of peace and national security.” – Supreme Court
“The NDFP is willing to give time for the GRP to effect the release of detained NDFP consultants.” — Luis Jalandoni
“…[t]his is definitely a boost in fast tracking the release of all political prisoners and augurs well for the scheduled resumption of the formal peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).”
Political detainees are behind bars because they dared to go against the status quo.
“They are common people like us, but are organizing others.”
“While we celebrate her release, we continue to mount appeals for the immediate release of all political prisoners, especially the sick, women and the elderly.”
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement about freeing political detainees spurs optimism inside detention cells, and at an art show.