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NDFP Denies CPP and NPA Iinvolvement in Hotel Incident
and Slams GRP Officials for Malicious Statements

By Luis G. Jalandoni
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
8 December 2007

We have verified from the National Executive Committee of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Operational Command of the New People's Army (NPA) that neither the NDFP, the CPP nor the NPA has anything to do with the planning and implementation of the takeover of the Manila Hotel Peninsula by the group of Brig. General Danilo Lim and Senator Antonio Trillanes Iast 29 November.

At the same time, the CPP, NPA and the NDFP praise the group of General Lim and Senator Trillanes for denouncing the puppetry, exploitativeness, corruption, mendacity and brutality of the Arroyo regime and for urging the people to rise up to oust the regime and the military to withdraw support from the regime. However, they consider the Lim-Trillanes group as overoptimistic in expecting the people and military to come to their support in a matter of a few hours.

It is the view of the NDFP, together with the CPP and NPA, that the takeover of the Manila Peninsula Hotel is not an act of coup d'etat or rebellion but is merely a protest action, like the Oakwood incident in 2003. A real coup d'etat would have involved an attempt to capture the fake president Arroyo, seize the main installations of her political power, and thereby disable the regime. The Arroyo regime is crazy for misrepresenting isolated hotel takeovers as a coup d'etat or rebellion.

We wish to condemn in the strongest terms the patently false accusations made by officials of the Arroyo regime, including executive secretary Ermita and General Avelino Razon, that the presence of NDFP political consultant Mrs. Elizabeth Principe-Velasco in Quezon City on 28 November and that of Mrs. Myrna H. Buendia at the Manila Peninsula Hotel are proofs of a “left-right conspiracy” and CPP and NPA involvement in the protest action of the Lim-Trillanes group.

Mrs. Principe-Velasco has clearly explained that she was in Manila in connection with her role as NDFP political consultant, her medical examination and family matters, including the continuing search for her husband NDFP political consultant Leo Velasco who had been abducted early this year.

We are informed that Mrs. Myrna H. Buendia was a mere bystander during the Manila Peninsula hotel incident. It is utterly malicious for the officials of the Arroyo regime to keep on violating her right to private and family life by disregarding her marriage to Mr. Buendia and harping in the mass media on her alleged personal relations with Prof. Jose Maria Sison of nearly forty years ago.

This is a fallacious attempt to implicate her by innuendo in the hotel incident. We advise the mass media not to be a vehicle of malicious and impertinent gossip. The Arroyo regime is obviously engaged in a desperate spin to claim a "left-right conspiracy" and connect the CPP and NPA to the hotel takeover incident. It goes so far as to mix up the CPP and NPA with the RPA-ABB paramilitary gang of Nilo de la Cruz who is connected with the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and other AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) agencies.

Mrs. Buendia is a close relative of Speaker Jose de Venecia. She is also related to some other legislators of Pangasinan and La Union. Are the minions of the fake president Mrs. Arroyo detaining her indefinitely in order to spite Speaker de Venecia? Mrs. Buendia ought to be released immediately because she was a mere bystander in the hotel incident. ###

Ruth de Leon
Executive Director
NDFP International Information Office
Fax +31-84-7589930

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