But Malacanang maintained that NDFP consultants could no longer invoke their 'immunity' through the Jasig
after peace talks were terminated in 2017.
The PNP, for its part, earlier said JASIG
could no longer be used as an argument by the communist groups since Duterte already terminated the peace talks.
However, this was disputed by Malacanang, saying the Jasig
is operative only if peace talks are still ongoing.
First, he would be "going against the established mutual agreement to hold the peace negotiations in a foreign neutral venue in accordance with The Hague Joint Declaration and JASIG
Responding to this, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Tiamzon and Austria were not covered by the Jasig
is the joint agreement on safety and immunity guarantees inked by the two parties dating in 1995.
'He holds Document of Identification Number PP 978544 as provided for in the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig
),' Agcaoili said.
According to JASIG
, "duly accredited persons are guaranteed immunity from surveillance, harassment, search, arrest, detention, prosecution and interrogation or any other similar punitive actions due to any involvement or participation in the peace negotiations.
Panelo argued that the NDFA consultants, who were earlier freed during the peace talks, could no longer invoke the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG
Jalandoni told the Inquirer: "Alex and I talked and both sides agreed there would be positive, definite steps to be undertaken by both sides, including, of course, the releases of NDF consultants and [other] persons protected by Jasig