By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — The burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is the most recent issue that would affect the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
This said NDFP Chief Adviser Luis Jalandoni during a peace forum held at the Baguio City Hall on November 25.
“The portrayal of Marcos as a hero being honored with eternal fame and the like, the NDFP position now is that it might affect the peace talks because the portrayal of Marcos the dictator who committed so many crimes against the people, as a hero is a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL),”Jalandoni said.
The NDFP adviser said that the CARHRIHL says that both parties should respect the rights of the victims of Martial Law against the oppression and tyranny under the Marcos regime.
“Presenting him (Marcos) as a hero is an insult to the may thousands of victims and their families,” Jalandoni said.
“The Duterte administration has shown insensitivity to the feelings and position of the many thousands of victims,” Jalandoni added.
He further said that the Duterte administration by allowing the Marcos burial has undermined the decision of the people in ousting the late dictator and declaring his regime as a gross violation to the people’s human rights.
CARHRIHL is the first of the four substantive agenda of the peace negotiation between the GRP and NDFP as set in the Hague framework agreement. The three other agenda are the comprehensive agreement of social and economic reforms; political and constitutional reforms; and end hostilities and disposition of forces.
Jalandoni said the Hague and CARHRIHL are among the previous agreements the GRP and NDFP reaffirmed last August.
Jalandoni commended the youth for leading the protests against the portrayal of Marcos as a hero. “We admire the mass demonstrations, especially of the youth stating that Marcos is not a hero,” he said. # nordis.net