Last batch of NDFP consultants arrive in time for signing of joint statement

Six more NDFP consultants arrived in Oslo, Norway on the fourth day of the ongoing formal peace talks between the group and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

They are Porferio Tuna, Ernesto Lorenzo, Tirso “Ka Bart” Alcantara, Ruben Saluta, Pedro Codaste and Jaime Soledad, who were all released recently by the Duterte administration to enable their participation in the formal peace talks.

Royal Norwegian Government Special Envoy to the Philippine Peace Process Elizabeth Slattum personally welcomed them to Oslo, along with NDFP chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni and NDFP chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison.

The six were accompanied by their legal counsel Atty Jonathan Montemayor all the way from Manila. A lawyer of the Public Interest Law Center, Montemayor helped secure the release of the consultants.