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Govt defends arrest of NDFP 'peace consultant'

Government peace officials on Monday night defended the arrest of a supposed peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines last April 3.
In a statement posted on its website, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said Reynante Gamara was arrested by virtue of a warrant for kidnapping with murder.
"Mr. Gamara’s arrest on 3 April 2012 was a police action based on an outstanding warrant for kidnapping with murder (Criminal Cases No. 11-3248 and 11-3249) issued on 23 March 2012 by Judge Rodolfo D. Obnamia, Jr. of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 64 in Mauban, Quezon," it said.
Earlier reports said NDFP chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni had accused the government of violating a peace immunity agreement with the arrest of Gamara.
Gamara, who was reportedly arrested in Rizal province, is supposedly a campaigner of party-list Bayan Muna.
Jalandoni was quoted as saying that Gamara was a consultant of the NDFP with an assumed name of Siling Perez, and his arrest violated the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).
But the OPAPP reiterated its position that the JASIG is effectively "inoperative," as a "logical consequence" of the NDFP’s failure to comply with the terms of the verification mechanism.
"As such, there is currently no basis to verify if the alleged consultant Reynante Gamara who used the pseudonym 'Siling Perez' is supposed to be covered by an immunity guarantee," it said.

RSJ | GMA News Online | April 17, 2012 | Article Link

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