Tiamzons regain freedom

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FREED COMRADES Communist rebel leaders Wilma (with raised fist) and Benito Tiamzon get out of the Camp Crame police headquarters in Quezon City after getting temporary passes from the courts. The two, who will join the resumption of peace talks with the government in Oslo, Norway next week, was welcomed by militant groups. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

FREED COMRADES Communist rebel leaders Wilma (with raised fist) and Benito Tiamzon get out of the Camp Crame police headquarters in Quezon City after getting temporary passes from the courts. The two, who will join the resumption of peace talks with the government in Oslo, Norway next week, was welcomed by militant groups. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

TOP Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma were freed from detention in Camp Crame Friday, days after President Rodrigo Duterte promised that all peace consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) will be released.

The couple left Camp Crame before noon yesterday after the Philippine National Police received a copy of the ruling of a court in Samar granting them temporary liberty. Benito, the chairman of the CPP, and his wife are facing several charges in various courts. Wilma is the secretary-general of the CPP, the political arm of the NDF.

They are facing multiple murder charges at the Manila Regional Trial Court for the deaths of several people whose remains were believed to have dumped in a mass grave unearthed by government troops in Leyte in 2006 are kidnapping and serious illegal detention at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 81 in connection with the abduction by the NPA of four soldiers in 1988.

Rachel Pastores, managing counsel of the Public Interest Law Center and legal counsel of the couple, said all courts granted their motions to be released on bail.


The Tiamzons left Camp Crame on board a red car with an “8” license plate, the number usually given to lawmakers and Cabinet secretaries. They stopped for a bit at the gate of the police headquarters to greet their supporters.

They were arrested in March 2014 in Cebu.

The couple thanked Duterte for working for their release so that they can participate in the peace talks scheduled to begin on August 22, 2016 in Oslo, Norway.

‘We thank President Duterte for his efforts to resume peace talks so that we can talk about social, economic and political reforms can be discussed to hopefully end the armed conflict,” Benito said.

He expressed confidence that a peace agreement will be attained despite the many challenges that both the government and NDF panels will have to face.

The Tiamzons are among the 22 consultants listed by the NDF for the upcoming negotiations in Norway.

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  1. I believe that releasing the tiamzons is a political blunder on part of the admin. The tiamzons said they will ho back yo where they belong after the peace talks. Once there in Oslo the couple can apply for political asylum. Communism armed struggle is the strategic gem to topple the legitimate constituted authority. The supposed peace talks are another strategy in favor of the communists to gain momentum to carry out their plan of occupying the seat of power. Joma sidon and ndf will play a game of “GIVE ME THIS, AND THAT AND THIS OR ELSE…” THE RULE IS THAT. WHEN YOU HAVE THE UPPER HAND DON’T NEGOTIATE. IN THIS CASE THE PHIL GOVERNMENT HAVE THE UPPER HAND. so why negotiate? Remember joma sison was released by Cory in the spirit of reconciliation, now where is sison and his stooges. What happened to the spirit of reconciliation? Peace cannot be achieved as long as there is opposing ideologies. PEACE CAN ONLY BY ACHIEVED WHEN ONE OF THE OPPOSING IDEAS IS DEFEATED OR COMMON IDEAS PREVAIL FOR THAT MATTER.

    • not entirely true .. you are using the suppression method .. yes if you holds upper hand, dont nego, thats usually the american way .. this new philippines pres is thinking differently .. in a country, if its own people need to fight its own people, then they can NEVER progress .. that is why philippines cant even defend itself when china came to take their islands .. on another level, if your sons are send to fight this separatists, will you be happy ? both sides had so many dead .. i believe you are coming from the point of view that you have no one involved in the conflict, if you have, maybe your opinion will be different .. ultimately, when all the factors are right, which is now, it is a good time to finally sit down and ask everyone, does every party had enough of fighting and killing and dying ? if yes, then start talking .. this new filipino president has clearly indicate that he is going to change the entire system to Federalism