NDFP Visayas consultant gets temporary freedom

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The Visayas consultant of the National Democratic Front gained temporary liberty from an Iloilo prison, in time for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the NDF later this month.

Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala, the spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines regional committee in Panay Island, was released after posting a P400,000 bail, Visayan Daily Star reported.

Bocala faces charges of illegal possession of explosives and ammunition, murder, as well as two rebellion charges.

She was arrested in Molo, Iloilo City, in August 2015. She is to fly to Manila this weekend to process legal documents and a visa for her Norway trip.

The peace talks are scheduled Aug. 20 to 27 in Norway.

Bocala said she will raise issues such as high unemployment and subsidy for farmers, free education for students, minimum wage increase, improved social services, free hospitalization and medicines.