By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, Negotiating Panel
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
The use of assumed names in the Documents of Identification under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) was already agreed upon by the GRP and the NDFP negotiating panels on June 26, 1996. Both Parties agreed that this was necessary to protect the security of those involved in the peace talks. The agreement entitled, “Additional Implementing Rules Pertaining to the Documents of Identification” was signed in The Hague by then GRP Panel Chairperson Ambassador Howard Dee and me as Chairperson of the NDFP Negotiating Panel.
Therefore the list of names of NDFP holders of Documents of Identification contains mostly assumed names. Those using real names are NDFP Negotiating Panel members and consultants based abroad plus a few others.
This list has been given to the GRP negotiating panel chairpersons Howard Dee (in 1996) and Silvestre H. Bello III (in 2001).
General Roland Detabali's statements regarding the JASIG and his demand to the NDFP to give the names of those with Documents of Identification indicate an utter lack of knowledge of GRP-NDFP agreements and practice in the peace negotiations.]]>