NDFP CONDEMNS ABDUCTION OF NDFP CONSULTANT ELIZABETH PRINCIPE

PRESS STATEMENT
30 November 2007

By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

The NDFP vigorously condemns the abduction of NDFP Consultant
Elizabeth Principe in
broad daylight at 11:20 a.m. on 28 November 2007 in Cubao, Quezon
City by eight men
in black uniform similar to that used by the Special Weapons and
Tactics (SWAT) unit
of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The modus operandi of the abductors is the same as that used in
the abduction of
Jonas Burgos on 12 April 2007, NDFP Consultant Leo Velasco on 19
February 2007 and
numerous other enforced disappearances perpetrated by the Arroyo
regime’s military,
police and paramilitary forces.

The NDFP holds Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as the Commander-in-
Chief of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP, Executive Secretary
Eduardo Ermita and
National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales of the Cabinet
Oversight Committee for
Internal Security (COC-IS) responsible for this abduction, the
enforced
disappearance of other NDFP Consultants and many other victims of
involuntary
disappearances by the Arroyo regime. These grave crimes against
the Filipino people
deepen the isolation of the Arroyo regime and push the people to
fight ever more
strongly to oust it.

Ms. Elizabeth Principe, 56 years old, married with two children,
of Bongabong, Nueva
Ecija, is protected by the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement on Safety and
Immunity
Guarantees, as an NDFP Consultant in the peace negotiations
between the Government
of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National
Democratic Front of the
Philippines (NDFP). The NDFP demands the immediate surfacing and
release of Ms.
Elizabeth Principe.

This latest in a long series of gross violations of the JASIG and
other peace
agreements seriously jeopardizes any possibility for exploratory
peace talks between
the GRP and the NDFP. The NDFP calls on all who strive for
justice and peace to
press for the surfacing and release of Ms. Principe and other
victims of involuntary
disappearances perpetrated by the Arroyo regime.

REFERENCE:
Ruth de Leon
Executive Director
NDFP International Information Office
Tel.+31-30-2310431
Fax +31-84-7589930
Email: ndf@casema.nl

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