Piston support GPh-NDFP peace talks, calls for release of detained coordinator

By PISTON-MB (PR)
www.nordis.net

BAGUIO CITY — The Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytors Nationwide (Piston) Metro-Baguio supports the resumption of the long-stalled peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPh) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) that is scheduled on August 20 as they called for the inclusion of Virgilio Corpuz in the list of political prisoners to be released.

“The united jeepney drivers and operators are one with the rest of the Filipino people in giving their full trust and confidence to the sincerity of the new administration under President Rodrigo Duterte to open its doors and sit side-by-side with the NDFP in coming up with agreements and resolutions in resolving the decades-old armed conflict in the quest for just and lasting peace,” said Carlito Wayas, Piston national vice president.

Wayas said Piston-Metro Baguio is calling on the Duterte administration to include Corpuz in its list of political prisoners to be released Virgilio Corpuz, national council member of Piston and regional coordinator of Piston-Cagayan Valley.

“It has been already more than three years since he was illegally arrested and slapped with trumped-up charges and is presently in detention at Tiger Mountain, Kiangan, Ifugao,” Wayas said.

Wayas said Corpuz was a dedicated organizer of small jeepney drivers and operators who are among the majority of the Filipino people who are suffering from an unjust system under an unjust society before he was nabbed by state forces.

“We call for the release and dimissal of trumped up cases against Corpuz and all other political prisoners,” Wayas said.

According to Wayas; as a Piston organizer, Corpuz led drivers and operators in the struggle against the unhampered and unjust oil price hikes and criticized government policies like the oil deregulation law while calling for a genuine societal change. He added that like other activists, Corpuz also joined in defending human rights.

Wayas said that Corpuz’s unwavering defense of human rights and commitment to the struggle for genuine freedom caught the ire of the State. He was subjected to surveillance and harassment until he was finally illegally arrested, slapped with false charges and illegally detained.

“We urge President Duterte to keep his promises to continuing the peace process with the Communist Party of the Philippines-NDFP-New Peoples Army,” Wayas said. # nordis.net

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