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Gaganti! Anakpawis warns NPA retaliation if NDF consultants’ arrest continues

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Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao issued a warning on government if it continues to arrest the consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF).

The politiko said the New People’s Army (NPA) may retaliate and capture the NDF’s counterparts in the government if the unabated arrest persists.

“If this will continue—‘yung mga arrest ng mga so-called temporarily released on bail na mga NDF consultants—aabot sa punto na yung NPA mag-declare din ng sige, aarestuhin din namin ang mga [Government of the Republic of the Philippines] negotiators and consultants,” Casilao said.

“This will be a vicious cycle all over again, mauulit ito at wala nang katapusan,” he added.

He issued the statement days after the arrest of NDF consultant Rafael Baylosis in Quezon City for alleged illegal possession of firearms.

Various progressive groups called for the immediate release of Baylosis saying that his arrest was based on a warrant that “stemmed from false or trumped-up charges.”

Baylosis is the first NDF consultants to be arrested after President Duterte scrapped peace talks last December.