Advocacy Mindanow: The realities of negotiating PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 October 2014 14:23

BY Jess Dureza


My previous work as “negotiator” was varied. Let me recall some.  I dealt with hostage takers at the Davao Penal Colony where all 8 hostage takers were “neutralized” and the stand-off resolved; I helped in the surrender of prison escapee “Bucay” Manero; the peaceful surrender of high-value suspect Datu Unsay Ampatuan in the Maguindanao Massacre; the surrender of armed rebel commanders in Lanao; the pacification of  desperate and hungry farmers at Sultan Kudarat during the EL NINO in 1998; the handling of angry and grieving families of plane crash victims in Cagayan de Oro; the release of an Army general Obillo and his junior officer by NPA Kumander Parago in Davao after a trip to the Netherlands and meeting with Joma Sison; the safe return of Marine General Ben  Dolorfino and OPAPP undersecretary Mon Santos from the hands of MNLF Commander Habier Malik in Sulu who figured recently in the Zamboanga siege, handled the return of MNLF’s Nur Misuari back to the country from Malaysia where he was arrested after a failed uprising in Sulu.  And a few others.