NDFP consultant Adelberto Silva’s release hailed
Filipino workers are jubilant over the release of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant and labor rights defender Adelberto Silva after more than a year of illegal detention.
We hope that the release of Silva and other NDFP consultants would pave way for an unhindered resumption of the long-stalled peace talks between the Philippine government and the NDFP.
We commend President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to fulfill his commitment of releasing all 22 detained NDFP peace consultants. We also welcome Duterte’s efforts to allow NDFP consultants to join the resumption of the formal talks set on August 22 to 27 in Oslo.
Silva and other labor rights defenders among the NDFP consultants play crucial roles in raising workers issues and struggles in the peace talks and in drafting agreements on socio-economic reforms that would address the roots of armed conflict in the country.
We are however we are indignant over PNP Custodial Center Warden Arnel Apud’s denial to facilitate the release of NDFP consultants and labor rights defenders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, amidst the release orders issued for them by respective local courts.
Adelberto Silva is a long-time labor leader and educator. He served as a staff member and speechwriter for the late KMU chairperson Rolando “Ka Lando” Olalia. In 1992, Silva acted as the education program coordinator for KMU. He is serving as KMU’s consultant on the peace process when he was arrested in June 1, 2015.