President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the temporary release of 11 leaders of the CPP/NPA/NDF who are presently detained and who fill participate in the peace negotiations.
In a closed-door meeting in Malacañang late Monday afternoon, Duterte directed that legal procedures be complied with to effect the temporary release of the detainees pursuant to the previously signed Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).
The talks will resume tentatively on August 20 to 27 in Oslo, Norway after breaking down four years ago. The government panel will be represented by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
During the same meeting on Monday, the President led the oath-taking of new members of the peace panel, namely Hernani Braganza, lawyer Rene Sarmiento, lawyer Noel Felongco, and lawyer Angela Librado-Trinidad.
For their part, incoming Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said they will lead in the creation of an enabling law to implement the new peace road map of the Duterte administration.
The two were invited to the Malacañang meeting and expressed support to the new peace road map. Both leaders also committed to send their respective representatives from both Houses to assist in the peace work.