By Jaimie Rose Aberia
The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 has ordered the re-arrest of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants Benito and Wilma Tiamzon.
The five-page January 11 decision signed by Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi Medina ordered the arrest of the Tiamzons and their co-accused Adelberto Silva, who are facing murder charges in relation to the mass grave found in Leyte in 2006.
The Tiamzons and Silva were granted provisional liberty because of their attendance and participation to the peace negotiations between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New People’s Army (CPP-NDF-NPA).
The local court has ordered the rearrest of the Tiamzon couple after granting the Department of Justice’s motion to recommitment and cancellation of bail. The court found no reason to allow the Tiamzons’ temporary liberty after the President terminated the peace talks last November 23 with the signing of Proclamation 360.
Meanwhile, Malacañang said the police must hunt down the two communist leaders.
“Police must hunt them down. That’s what’s expected of them,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said. “They will have to serve the warrant of arrest on them.”
The President decided to scrap the peace talks in protest of the deadly rebel attacks on government forces. The President also opposed forming a coalition government with the communist rebels, saying government powers cannot be shared with them. (Additional reporting by Genalyn Kabiling)