The recent arrest of National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Vicente Ladlad did not violate any peace agreement signed by the government, according to Malacañang.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo stressed that the arrest does not violate the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) which can only be operative if there is ongoing peace talks between the government and communist rebels.
Panelo said the peace talks was terminated by Proclamation No. 360 of the President issued on 23 November 2017. The proclamation formally terminates peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army.
“Secondly, the crime of rebellion is a continuing crime and therefore no warrant of arrest is needed for that,” Panelo, who is also the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, added.
He reiterated that the President has made a pronouncement as early as last year about the ordered arrest of Communist rebels and their consultants following the termination of the peace talks.
Ladlad and two companions were arrested in Novaliches, Quezon City early Thursday. Police reportedly seized high-powered firearms, ammunition, grenades and subversive documents from them.