NDF consultant Rafael Baylosis rearrested

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Rafael Baylosis was rearrested on Wednesday, January 31.

Lawyer Edre Olalia, legal consultant of the NDF negotiating panel, told Rappler Baylosis is currently detained at the headquarters of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

According to Philippine National Police report, Baylosis was arrested with a certain Guillermo Roque at around 3:45 pm near the corner of Katipunan Avenue and Aurora Boulevard.

Recovered from them were two calibre .45 pistols, 14 ammunition, and two magazines

Baylosis, believed to be a former key leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), is the first among NDF consultants to be rearrested since President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped the talks and declared the CPP and NPA as terrorists. Duterte also urged the NDF consultants to "surrender." 

Baylosis was released late in 2016 to join the peace talks.

The Kabataan party list strongly condemned the rearrest of Baylosis and called for his release. 

“The rearrest of Rafael Baylosis and the impending arrest of the other NDFP consultants, as directed by the President himself, is all part of Duterte’s grand crackdown and all-out war against the Filipinos,” Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Elago said in a statement shortly after the incident.

“Duterte’s insincerity is manifest in his fickle-mindedness in pursuing the peace talks,” Elago added. – Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com