Photos: Supporters of Rafael Baylosis Protest Outside the Philippine Center in New York

Free Rafael Baylosis. Activists in front of the Philippine Center in Manhattan demanded the release of Rafael Baylosis and all political prisoners in the Philippines. More than two dozen protesters attended the rally organized by Bayan USA Northeast. February 5, 2018. New York. Photos by Lambert Parong/ Asian Herald.

Rafael Baylosis, a consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, was arrested by police in Quezon City last January 31. News reports indicate that Mr. Baylosis was apprehended together with an aide identified as Guillermo Roque. Local reports added that according to police they seized handguns and ammunition from the two men.

The NDF is the negotiating wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines that was engaged in peace talks with the Government of the Philippines GRP.

The peace talks between the GRP and CPP-NPA-NDF sought to agree on how to bring about socio-economic reforms and an end to an insurgency, a war between military forces of the government and rebels from the New Peoples Army the armed wing of the communist party that began in 1969.

Peace Talks Collapse

President Rodrigo Duterte In November of 2017 through his peace process adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza released a statement that cancelled the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF.

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