HOR, September 14, 2009

PRIVILEGE SPEECH

REP. PASTOR M. ALCOVER JR.
ANAD Partylist Representative
September 14, 2009

CONFRONTING THE SCOURGE OF DECEIT AND LIES

MR. SPEAKER; HONORED COLLEAGUES IN THIS HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES; FRIENDS; AND PATRIOTIC FILIPINOS WHO CHERISH OUR FREEDOM AND VALUE OUR DEMOCRACY, THIS REPRESENTATION STANDS BEFORE THE MEMBERS OF THIS AUGUST CHAMBER TO POINT OUT IMPORTANT FACETS OF REALITIES WITH REGARDS TO THE ALREADY “BLUDGEONED” PEACE TALKS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES AND THE MAOIST COMMUNIST NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT; AND TO CALL ON OUR GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO AND THOSE INVOLVED IN THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS, NOT TO FORGET THE EXPERIENCE OF THE PAST 22 YEARS OF PEACE TALKS WITH THE SAME GROUP, THAT ALL WENT TO NAUGHT PROBABLY BECAUSE OF TOO MUCH COMPLACENCY AND THE LACK OF KNOWING THE REAL CHARACTER AND INTENTIONS OF THE OTHER PARTY.

LET ME SAY IT AGAIN MR. SPEAKER. THE 22 YEARS OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS ACHIEVED NOTHING! THIS IS INCLUSIVE OF THAT TIME WHEN THE LATE PRESIDENT CORAZON AQUINO TOOK THE REINS OF OUR COUNTRY’S GOVERNANCE AND RELEASED MAOIST MESSIAH JOSE MA. SISON AND COMPANY, TO INCLUDE NOW BAYAN MUNA CONG. SATURNINO OCAMPO. UNTIL TODAY, NOTHING POSITIVE HAS SINCE BEEN ACHIEVED EXCEPT THE FACT THAT GOVERNMENT IS CONSTANTLY PUSHED TO THE WALL WITH CALCULATED LIES AND DECEIT SPEWING FROM EACH AND EVERY BREATH OF THESE MAOIST COMMUNIST LEADERS.

MR. SPEAKER, THIS REPRESENTATION CANNOT COMPREHEND WHY THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS, IN THAT SPAN OF TIME, CONTINUES TO ROLL AND STILL CONTINUES TO BE SO. SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT THERE WILL BE NO END TO THIS CHARADE BECAUSE OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST’S AGILE, WILY NATURE AND CHARACTER THAT ALWAYS GOES INTO PLAY. WHEN WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE CULMINATION OF ALL OF THESE? – – IS A QUESTION THAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US DOES NOT HAVE ANY ANSWER.

THIS REPRESENTATION IS TRYING TO DIG DEEPER AS TO WHAT POTION OR POISON DID THE PAST LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT PANEL TOOK BECAUSE IT SEEMS GOVERNMENT HAS BENDED TOO MUCH AND CONTINUE TO GIVE IN TO MOST OF THE CONDITIONS DEMANDED BY THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF.

THE PAST NEGOTIATIONS SHOWED THAT THE MAOIST COMMUNIST PANEL PARADED A CHIEF NEGOTIATOR WHO NOT ONLY IS A LAME DUCK BUT A MOPPET OF AN UNIDENTIFIED GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL WHO ALWAYS EXPRESSES RELUCTANCE TO COME OUT INTO THE OPEN AND CONSTANTLY IN SECLUSION, WOULD RATHER PREFER TO BE UNSEEN AND UNKNOWN TO US. IN SHORT, MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT PANEL HAS BEEN TALKING AND DEALING WITH A WILY PHANTOM ORGANIZATION.

THIS REPRESENTATION SAYS SO BECAUSE LUIS JALANDONI, THE DESIGNATED CHIEF NEGOTIATOR OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST PANEL, DOES NOT AND WILL NEVER HAVE THE AUTHORITY OF THE MAOIST COMMUNITY PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES. AS HEAD OF THE NDF, THE POLITICAL WING OF THE C-P-P JALANDONI’S STATUS AND POSITION IN THE HIERARCHAL STRUCTURE OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF PUTS HIM UNDER THE COMMUNIST PARTY AND CO-EQUAL IN STATUS WITH THE NEW PEOPLES ARMY, THE ARMED WING OF THE C-P-P.

A LIVING WITNESS TO THIS CALIBRATED MANIPULATION AND DECEIT IS BAYAN MUNA REP. SATUR OCAMPO, WHO WAS THEN THE SPOKESMAN OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT, AND MEMBER OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES AND AS SUCH WAS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN SEVERAL PEACE NEGOTIATIONS. PROBABLY, IN ALL HONESTY, HE CAN TELL US THE MALEVOLENT ACTIONS OF HIS GROUP THAT LED TO THE COLLAPSE OF THE PEACE TALKS DURING THAT TIME.

TO WRAP IT ALL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE C-P-P MAOIST MESSIAH JOSE MA. SISON, WHO IS KNOWN TO ME AND TO THOSE WHO ONCE WERE IN THE SO-CALLED COMMUNIST UNDERGROUND AS THE HEAD OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES’ CENTRAL AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES, HAS OFTENLY DECLARED HIS BEING A MERE CHIEF POLITICAL CONSULTANT OF THE N-D-F THUS INTENTIONALLY DEGRADING HIS STATUS IN AN EFFORT TO CONFUSE AND MISLEAD OUR GOVERNMENT AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF FREE AND DEMOCRATIC NATIONS OF THE WORLD. WHAT A GLARING DECEPTION THAT SURELY PROVES TO US THAT THE MAOIST COMMUNIST’S IS NOT SINCERE IN ACHIEVING PEACE.

IN A COMPLETE TURN-AROUND, LAST AUGUST 22, JOSE MA. SISON, AKA ARMANDO LIWANAG AND AMADO GUERRERO, POSTED A STATEMENT IN THEIR CPP WEB SITE, ACCUSING THE GOVERNMENT OF MAKING THINGS DIFFICULT FOR THE MAOIST COMMUNIST N-D-F-P TO RESUME THE TALKS BY THE END OF THIS MONTH “BY A SERIES OF DELIBERATE ACTS TO UNDERMINE AND NEGATE THE JOINT AGREEMENT ON SAFETY AND IMMUNITY GUARANTEES (JASIG).” P-D-I RUN A STORY ON PAGE 2 OF THE August 23 ISSUE  ENTITLED: JOMA CALLS OFF PEACE TALKS AFTER GOVERNMENT FAILS TO FREE REBS.

ASIDE FROM ASTUTE SABER RATTLING THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE HALLMARK OF EACH AND EVERY MAOIST COMMUNIST EGO-TRIPPERS, JOSE MA. SISON, AT LAST, WENT OUT OF HIS SHELL PRETENDING AS A MERE N-D-F CHIEF POLITICAL CONSULTANT UNTO THE REALITY OF BEING THE BIG BOSS OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF, FOR NOBODY COULD ISSUE SUCH KIND OF CATEGORICAL STATEMENT PUTTING OFF THE SCHEDULED PEACE TALKS THIS MONTH IF INDEED HE IS JUST A MERE CHIEF CONSULTANT AND THUS A STAFF OF LUIS JALANDONI! AGAIN, THE DEVIL HAS SHOWN ITS MONSTROUS FACE AND BEING, A FIGURE FULL NOT ONLY OF THE GUILTIEST BUT BLATANT DECEPTION AND LIES THAT HAS BEEN THE SCOURGE SUFFERED BY THE FILIPINO PEOPLE AND OUR GOVERNMENT FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS.

MR. SPEAKER, IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT THE 22 YEARS OF THE “ON-AND-OFF” PEACE NEGOTIATIONS SHOWED THAT WHILE THE TALKS ARE GOING ON, THE NEW PEOPLE’S ARMY ARE ON THE KILLING SPREE HITTING MILITARY, POLICE, BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES, AND INNOCENT CIVILIANS WHOSE UNWAVERING LOVE FOR FREEDOM AND PEACE HAS CAUGHT THE IRE AND ANGST OF THE MAOIST GROUP. THIS IS A CASE OF: “TALK-TALK-TALK” FOR THE N-D-F; AND “KILL-KILL-KILL” FOR THE TERRORIST N-P-A! NOT ONLY THAT THEY WILL SURELY USE THE PEACE TALKS TO REPLENISH THEIR RESOURCES, STRENGTHEN AND HEIGHTEN THEIR EXTORTION ACTIVITIES, AND CONSOLIDATE THEIR FORCES TO SUSTAIN THEIR OFFENSIVE AGAINST GOVERNMENT.

FOR THE PAST 30 DAYS, WE WERE A WITNESS TO THE SERIES OF UNTOLD ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY THE COMMUNIST-TERRORIST NEW PEOPLE’S ARMY IN THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. PROMINENT OF THESE IS THE RAID BY ABOUT 30 ARMED COMMUNIST-TERRORISTS ON THE HOUSE OF SAN MIGUEL MAYOR ALFEO PEREZ IN SURIGAO DEL SUR AT ABOUT 10:30 IN THE EVENING. A DASTARDYLY ACT COMMITTED RIGHT INSIDE THE RESIDENCE AND IN THE PRESENCE OF A HELPLESS MAYOR PEREZ SHOWING UTTER DISRESPECT TO A LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE THAT MUST BE CONDEMNED IN STRONGEST TERMS BY ALL OF US, IN THESE AUGUST CHAMBER, AND THE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS, FROM THE LEAGUES OF PROVINCES, CITIES, MUNICIPALITIES, VICE MAYORS LEAGUE, AND THE LIGA NG MGA BARANGAY.

IS THIS THEIR ONLY WAY OF MAKING GOOD OF JORGE MADLOS’, AKA ORIS, SPOKESMAN OF N-D-F MINDANAO, RECENT STATTEMENT WHERE HE CATEGORICALLY SAID THAT THE N-P-A WILL CONTINUE TO ATTACK GOVERNMENT, MILITARY, POLICE INSTALLATIONS, AND OTHER SOFT TARGETS EVEN WHEN THE PEACE TALKS ARE GOING ON.  THIS IS NOT PLAIN SABER-RATTLING BUT VEILED PROPAGANDA THAT MUST NOT GO UNANSWERED.

MEMBERS OF THIS AUGUST CHAMBER, MY EXPERIENCE IN THE MAOIST COMMUNIST ARMED AND POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS TELLS ME THAT OUR GOVERNMENT, THOUGH HOW EARNEST, NOBLE AND SINCERE ITS INTENTION MAYBE, CONSISTENTLY SHALL BE THE SO-CALLED “WHIPPING BOY” OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST-TERRORIST CULT.  UNLESS GOVERNMENT LETS THEIR FEET DOWN ON THE GROUND AND MAKES SOME CORRECTIONS TO SOME OF THE IMPERFECTIONS THAT WERE DOMINANT IN THE PAST, WE SHALL CONTINUE TO BE IN THE RECEIVING END OF A VICIOUS AND MALICIOUS MAOIST COMMUNIST’S RUN-AROUND TO THE PREJUDICE OF OUR PEOPLE AND COUNTRY.

THIS REPRESENTATION COULD NOT EASILY FORGET MAO TSE TUNG’S TEACHING WHEN HE SAID – – – “PEACE CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED AFTER THE REVOLUTION. A REVOLUTION IS NOT A PICNIC OR A DINNER PARTY BUT A VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE SYSTEM.” SIMPLY PUT, THIS MEANS THAT THE MAOIST COMMUNISTS HAVE NO INTENTION, WHATSOEVER, TO ENTER INTO A SERIOUS PEACE SETTLEMENT WITH ANYONE, ESPECIALLY WITH A GOVERNMENT WHOM THEY ARE OBSESSED TO ECONOMICALLY AND POLITICALLY DESTROY! THE RECENT STATEMENT OF JOSE MA. SISON AND HIS COHORTS IN THE MAOIST COMMUNIST ORGANIZATIONS SPELLS THIS OUT VERY CLEARLY. FROM ONE DEMAND OF RELEASING THE 4 ALLEGED NDF LEADERS, IT BALLOONED TO RELEASING FROM DETENTION NO LESS THAN 14 NPA-NDF PERSONALITIES WHO WERE ARRESTED BY VIRTUE OF A WARRANT OF ARREST ISSUED BY THE COURTS OF LAW. THE COMMUNIST-TERRORISTS WANTED THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD FLAGRANTLY SUBVERT, DISREGARD, AND UNDERMINE THE RULE OF LAW AND OUR COUNTRY’S JUDICIAL PROCESS FOR THEIR BENEFIT AND ADVANTAGE. CLEARLY THOUGH IS THEIR INTENTION OF SCUTTING ANY NEGOTIATION LEADING TO PEACE.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM, MANY YEARS AGO. SEVERAL ATTEMPTS AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE WERE MADE, YET THE BLOODY REVOLT CONTINUES UNTIL THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH VIETNAM FELL. IN RECENT TIMES, THE NEPAL EXPERIENCE IS VERY SIMILAR TO THAT OF OUR COUNTRY. THE MAOIST COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEPAL HEADED BY PRACHANDA, WHICH I SUPPOSE REP. SATUR OCAMPO AND COMPANY VERY WELL KNOWS, HAS COALESCED WITH THE POLITICAL OPPOSITION MAINSTREAM AND SUCCEEDED IN BRINGING DOWN THE COUNTRY’S MONARCHIAL-DEMOCRACY. HOWEVER, THE NEW COALITION GOVERNMENT OF NEPAL WAS SHORT LIVED WHEN THEIR NEWLY INSTALLED PRESIDENT REFUSED AND DENIED PRACHANDA’S DEMAND TO KICK-OUT FROM OFFICE THE COUNTRY’S ARMED FORCES CHIEF, WHO VEHEMENTLY REFUSED TO ENLIST INTO NEPAL’S ARMED FORCES, THE MORE THAN 12 THOUSAND COMMUNIST ARMED MEN. THUS, THE CURRENT SITUATION THERE IS BACK TO SQUARE ONE WITH ARMED AND POLITICAL CONFLICTS SEEMS TO BE THE COUNTRY’S DAILY OCCURRENCE.

THE STRATEGY AND TACTICS EMPLOYED BY THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEPAL IS PATTERNED AND IS CLOSELY WATCHED BY THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF, HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. PARLIAMENTARY STRUGGLE IS THE BY-WORD WITH THE ARMED N-P-A’S CONTINUOUSLY HARASSING THE RURAL AREAS OF OUR COUNTRY; AND THE SECTORAL FRONT AND PSEUDO PARTYLIST ORGANIZATIONS PUSHING WITH THEIR UNTRAMMELED HATE CAMPAIGN AGAINST GOVERNMENT AND ALL OF ITS INSTITUTIONS.

THIS IS MORE EVIDENT WITH SOME OF THEM ALREADY WITH US HERE, IN THIS CHAMBER TODAY, AND PRACTICALLY IN ALL OFFICES IN THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND JUDICIARY. LET ME SAY THIS AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS, INCLUDING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; AND EVEN OUR ARMED FORCES AND THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE IS NOT SPARED FROM THEIR INGENIOUS WAYS OF INFILTRATION, COURTESY OF THE CONFEDERATION FOR THE UNITY, RECOGNITION, AND ADVANCEMENT OF  GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES OR COURAGE THAT IS UNDOUBTEDLY UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF BAGONG ALYANSA MAKABAYAN OR BAYAN, WHERE THE NATIONAL UNITED FRONT COMMISSION OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT, READILY ARE PULLING THE STRINGS TO PUT GOVERNMENT IN BAD LIGHT. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS VIVIDLY SHOW THAT THE GRADUATING PSEUDO PARTYLIST CONGRESSMEN ARE EYEING FOR A SEAT IN THE SENATE WITH SOME OF THEM ALREADY A SHOO-IN IN ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES. THEY ARE IN THE THICK OF POSTURING WITH NO OTHER PURPOSE BUT TO AMASS GREAT AMOUNTS OF DOLLARS TO FUEL THEIR ANT-GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN, INCLUDING GETTING SEATS IN THE SENATE AND INCREASING THEIR NUMBERS, IN THIS AUGUST CHAMBER.

MR. SPEAKER, THE RECENT DECISION OF JUDGE JOSE EMMANUEL CASTILLO OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURT BRANCH 16 IN DAVAO CITY DENYING THE PETITION FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF THE WRIT OF AMPARO FILED BY BAYAN MUNA PARTYLIST REPRESENTATIVE SATUR OCAMPO, AMONG OTHERS, EFFECTIVELY DOUSED COLD WATER ON THE MISCHIEVOUS YET UNPARALLELED HEIGHTS OF BLACK PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN AGAINST GOVERNMENT. THIS CAME ABOUT AFTER THE PETITIONERS, ATTY ZARATE ET. AL., RIDING ON THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION AND ALLEGATION OF BAYAN MUNA REP. SATURNINO OCAMPO, FAILED TO SUBSTANTIATE THEIR ALLEGATION THAT THEIR LIVES WERE SERIOUSLY THREATENED BECAUSE OF THEIR CLAIM THAT THEY ARE AMONG THOSE IN THE MILITARY’S ORDER OF BATTLE (O-B).

A STUNNING REBUKE BY THE COURT WAS HANDED DOWN WHEN IT DESCRIBED THE PETITIONERS’ ALLEGATION AS HEARSAY AND EMPTY BECAUSE CONG. OCAMPO HAS NO DIRECT KNOWLEDGE ON THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE SUBJECT O-B LIST; EXCEPT SAYING THAT HE WAS INFORMED BY A “CONSCIENTIOUS SOLDIER” WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE NON-EXISTENT AS CONG. OCAMPO AND HIS CO-PETITIONERS FAILED TO PRESENT THE SO-CALLED “CONSCIENTIOUS SOLDIER” TO THE COURT.

INDEED, WHAT A CHEAP TRICK AND GIMMICK THROWN AGAINST THE FILIPINOS WHOM CONG. OCAMPO AND COMPANY HAVE ABUSED IN THE LAST 40 YEARS OF MAOIST COMMUNIST TERRORISM.  AGAIN, LET ME POINT OUT MR. SPEAKER THAT RABID MAOIST COMMUNISTS, LIKE CONG. SATUR OCAMPO, DOES NOT SPARE ANYONE EVEN OUR COUNTRY’S JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN ITS ABUSE AND USE OF IT, ALL IN THE NAME OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST’S HATE CAMPAIGN AND MALICIOUS BLACK PROPAGANDA AGAINST GOVERNMENT. WHAT NOW WITH THE FORTHCOMING PEACE TALKS?

MR. SPEAKER, THIS REPRESENTATION DOES NOT SEE ANY COGENT REASON WHY GOVERNMENT HAS NOT AWAKENED FROM DEEP SLUMBERS TO CONFRONT THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF SCOURGE! VERY CLEAR AND RECOGNIZABLE IS THE FACT THAT THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CULT HAS BEEN DICTATING THE TEMPO AND MANNER ON HOW THE PEACE TALKS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY SEEM TO BE THE ONES RAISING THE OLIVE BRANCH OF PEACE; AND IT’S UP TO THEM WHETHER TO EXTEND THEIR ARMS AND REACH OUT TO US, OR THEY’LL JUST THROW IT AWAY.

MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THIS AUGUST CHAMBER, IF WE TALK ABOUT PEACE AND THE PROSPECTS OF ATTAINING PEACE, THE MAOIST COMMUNIST-TERRRORISTS SINCERITY AND HONESTY IS MOST WANTING. THEIR MILIEU ARE THE FOLLOWING: DOUBLE-TALK, INTIMIDATING STATEMENTS, AND MALICIOUS BLACK PROPAGANDA THAT ARE STREWN EVERYWHERE. THIS IS RIGTHFULLY CALLED – – – DIABOLIC AND VENOMOUS TACTIC TO ENSURE THEIR GRIP AND CONTROL OF THE SITUATION; WHILE GOVERNMENT, THE UNWITTING VICTIM, IS PROFUSELY BLEEDING FROM THE WOUNDS INFLICTED BY THESE DEMAGOGUES AND DEMONS.

ASTOUNDING IS THEIR DEMAND FOR THE RELEASE FROM DETENTION OF SEVERAL TOP MAOIST COMMUNIST LEADERS BEFORE THE TALKS COULD CONTINUE. TO TOP IT ALL, THEY WERE ABLE TO SECURE AN ASSURANCE FROM GOVERNMENT THAT SEVERAL OF THEIR LEADERS WOULD NOT BE ARRESTED. THEY FROWNED AT THE PHRASE – – DURING THE DURATION OF THE TALKS, ONLY BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO IMPOSE THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT AGREEMENT ON SECURITY AND IMMUNITY GUARANTEES (JASIG) AD INFINITUM. THEY’RE ACTING LIKE SPOILED BRATS!

IN ALL CANDIDNESS, EMPATHICALLY AND WITH REGRETS, THIS REPRESENTATION IS OPPOSED TO THE CONDUCT OF THE PEACE TALKS IF THE SITUATIONS AND CONDITIONS, PREVAILING IN THE PAST SHOULD CONTINUE. OUR GOVERNMENT AND COUNTRY WILL GET TO NOWHERE GIVEN THE CHARACTER AND INTENTIONS OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF. THE DRUMS OF AWAKENING ARE SOUNDED BUT IT SEEMS GOVERNMENT REMAINS TO BE IN SLUMBERS WHILE THE MAOIST COMMUNIST-TERRORISTS CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD IN THEIR GAME PLAN AND WITH GUSTO!

THE ALLIANCE FOR NATIONALISM AND DEMOCRACY, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THIS AUGUST CHAMBER, STANDS WITH BOTH OUR FEET ON THE GROUND, AND IN ALL HONESTY DECLARE THAT PEACE IS ALWAYS WHAT WE SEEK, BUT WE WILL NOT TO REACH OUT FOR PEACE WITH OUR TAILS TUCKED BETWEEN OUR LEGS, SO TO SPEAK.

THIS REPRESENTATION STRONGLY URGE AND CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY HER EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, TO EXACT FROM THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF A PRECISE AND DEFINITE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION: WHOSE AUTHORITY DOES THE APPOINTMENT OF LUIS JALANDONI, AS CHIEF NEGOTIATOR OF THE NDF PANEL, COME FROM?; AND THE EXTENT OR PARAMETERS OF THE AUTHORITY THAT JALANDONI COULD EXERCISE AND IMPOSE, IF INDEED HE HAS THAT AUTHORITY.

ALSO, IT IS INCUMBENT ON THE GOVERNMENT TO DEMAND, FROM THE MAOIST COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF, A COMPLETE LIST OF THE NDF’S PANEL MEMBERS, CONSULTANTS, AND STAFF. THIS IS TO CORRECT AND PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF THAT SERIOUS AND TERRIBLE MISTAKE COMMITTED IN THE PREVIOUS TALKS WHERE IT SEEMS THAT THE COMMUNIST CPP-NPA-NDF KEEPS THE LIST OF THEIR PERSONALITIES, CLOSE TO THEIR CHEST, AND WOULD IMMEDIATELY DEMAND THE RELEASE OF THOSE ARRESTED, BY GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES AND THE POLICE ON THE STRENGTH OF WARRANTS OF ARREST ISSUED BY THE COURTS, ALLEGING THAT THEY ARE PART OF THE N-D-F PANEL AS MEMBERS, CONSULTANTS, AND STAFF.

FINALLY MR. SPEAKER, GOVERNMENT MUST DEMAND FROM THE MAOIST COMMUNISTS THAT ALL OF THEIR ARMED PERSONNEL, ESPECIALLY THE NEW PEOPLES ARMY, MUST FULLY COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENT ON THE CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES. THE MURDER OF THE LATE CONG. RODOLFO AGUINALDO OF CAGAYAN WAS CALCULATEDLY DONE AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS, THEN. GOVERNMENT CANNOT ALLOW A REPETITION OF THE SAME. WE CANNOT AFFORD AND DON’T WANT TO HAVE SO MANY AGUINALDOS, PUNZALANS AND OTHERS SIMPLY BECAUSE WE FAILED TO ACT APPROPRIATELY DESPITE THE OMINOUS AND TELL-TALE SIGNS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE 22 YEARS OF MAOIST COMMUNIST DECEPTIONS AND LIES!

TO FULLY ENSURE FULL COMPLIANCE OF THE PROVISIONS OF ANY AGREEMENTS, BY BOTH GOVERNMENT AND THE MAOIST COMMUNISTS, THIS REPRESENTATION SHALL FILE A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INTERNATIONAL MONITORING TEAM, COMPOSED OF QUALIFIED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSONS FROM NEUTRAL COUNTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT SHALL BE TASKED TO SUPERVISE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT, DURING THE PENDENCY OF THE TALKS.

INDEED, PEACE IS ALL WHAT WE SEEK. BUT THIS MUST BE ANCHORED ON FAIRNESS, JUSTICE, AND EQUALITY. A COMMON GROUND MUST BE SETTLED AND ESTABLISHED TO AVOID A REPETITION OF THE PREVIOUS INCIDENCES.

ONE MUST NOT BE OVER THE OTHER. IN A GAME OF FAIR PLAY, ALL MUST BE ON THE SAME LEVEL OF THE PLAYING FIELD. GIVEN THIS SCENARIO AND THE INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE THIS REPRESENTATION HAS, IN THE 10 YEARS WITH THE MOIST COMMUNIST UNDERGROUND ARMED AND POLITICAL GROUPS, IT IS APPROPRIATE TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD NOT LOWER OUR GUARDS WHILE OFFERING THE VERY ELUSIVE OLIVE BRANCH OF PEACE.

THIS WE MUST DO WITH DETERMINATION TO GO ALL OUT IN CASE ALL AVENUES FOR PEACE SHALL FAIL. THE SUPREME SACRIFICE FOR OUR MOTHERLAND MUST ALWAYS BE UP FRONT TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS AND DEMOCRACY THAT OUR FOREBEARS FOUGHT AND DIED FOR.

MABUHAY ANG INANG BAYAN PILIPINAS!

MABUHAY ANG TUNAY NA DIWA NG DEMOKRASYA!

THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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