The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Southern Tagalog announced that Melito Glor Command-New People’s Army spokesperson Jaime Padilla had been arrested by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) forces at a hospital in Mandaluyong City Monday night, November 25.
In a post on the Communist Party of the Philippines’s official website, Patnubay de Guia, NDFP spokesperson in the region, said Padilla, also known as Ka Diego, was undergoing medical examinations at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center on his heart conditions when arrested.
De Guia said Padilla’s arrest was illegal and violates International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
“Maselan ang kundisyon ni Ka Diego Padilla at kailangan niya ng agarang medikasyon para sa kanyang nararamdamang sakit sa puso,” de Guia said. (Comrade Diego Padilla’s heart condition is serious and he needs immediate medical attention for his ailments.)
The NDFP said it vehemently condemns the arrest as it may further endanger Padilla’s life.
It pointed that that sick persons are given protection under the IHL.
The group demanded Padilla’s release to allow him to continue receiving medical care from doctors of his own choice.
Both the PNP and the AFP are silent on Padilla’s reported arrest. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)