DOJ seeks rearrest of Communist leaders released on bail

Communist rebel leaders Benito Tiamzon’s (C) and wife, Wilma (R) raise clinched fists while a policeman (L) looks on as they arrive for their bail hearing at a court in Manila on August 11, 2016. / AFP / Ted Aljibe/

(Eagle News) — The Department of Justice (DOJ)  has asked the courts to revoke the provisional liberty given to Communist leaders in light of the official termination of peace talks with the rebels.

Among the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army leaders who were given temporary liberty during the peace talks were Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, who are facing multiple murder and kidnapping charges before the courts in Manila and Quezon City.

Also temporarily released was  Adelberto Silva, who faces, among others, a murder complaint before the Manila Regional Trial Court.

In seeking their rearrest,  the DOJ argued that there was “no more legal ground” for the provisional freedom of the rebel leaders given the fact that President Rodrigo Duterte has already signed Proclamation No. 360 formally ending the peace talks.

“Thus, the immediate re-commitment and cancellation of bail of all the accused should logically follow,” it added.