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
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
NDFP International Information Office