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Tiamzons to be freed for Oslo talks

  • Written by Itchie Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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ANY day from now, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 is expected to act on the urgent motion for release on bail filed in behalf of the three consultants of the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines.

It was learned that during the hearing at the sala of Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina, the prosecution, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), did not pose any objection to the request of spouses Wilma and Benito Tiamzon and their associate Adel Silva.
The DOJ though stated that the three must be made to follow certain conditions for their provisional liberty.   
The said conditions stipulate that the three are to use their liberty merely to attend the slated Norway peace talks, that they should post P100,000 bail bond and leave their contact numbers and that they should report to the Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Norway if and when needed.
Once the talks are over, all three will have to return and their bail bond will have to be cancelled.
Commissioner Rene Sarmiento of the goverment peace panel told the court that the role of the Tiamzons and Silva are significant in the peace talks and that in the past, similar requests have been granted by courts. All three are members of the NDF peace panel.
Sarmiento appealed to the court to expedite the decision on the motion as the day when peace talks begin, August 20, draws near.
The three are facing multiple murder charges in connection with a mass grave found in Leyte in 2006.