As peace talks end: PNP arrests communist consultant

Rafael Baylosis and his companion, Guillermo Guerrero were arrested by combined elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) along Aurora Boulevard on Wednesday night. Baylosis is a consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in the scuttled peace talks with the government.

The two were arrested after President Rodrigo Duterte ended the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), through its political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF). The president has ordered the arrest of its leaders and all participating consultants who were released temporarily from detention.

The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) received information that two suspicious looking armed individuals were sighted in Quezon City, prompting the unit to conduct casing and surveillance in the area. Baylosis and Roque were arrested along Aurora Boulevard corner Katipunan Ave. at 3:45pm on February 01, 2018.

The police seized two caliber .45 pistols, 14 ammunitions, two pieces of magazines, cellphones, and assorted documents. The two are now under the custody of CIDG headquarters in Camp Crame.

Baylosis is facing murder charges for the massacre in Inopacan, Leyte and was freed to participate in the peace talks.

After Sison called on the NPA to continue its attacks on government troops despite an agreed ceasefire, President Duterte promptly tagged the NDF, CPP, and NPA as terrorist groups and scrapped the negotiations on November 2017.

Other high-profile NDF consultants who were released from detention by the government to participate in the talks were Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, who remain at large.

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