Tiamzon couple out on bail to attend peace talks in Norway

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(File photo) Wilma and Benito Tiamzon were released on bail from Camp Crame on Friday after the courts allowed them to join more than 20 National Democratic Front consultants at the peace talks in Oslo, Norway.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Tiamzon walked free from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center at Camp Crame around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The last of four provisional liberty orders from a Northern Samar court arrived in Manila at dawn today and was delivered to the PNP at around 9 a.m.

The Tiamzons are facing several criminal charges including murder, after being linked in a massive communist purging in the 1980s.

The four courts in Manila, Quezon City, Northern Samar and Cebu granted the request of the Tiamzons to post bail so they can fly to Oslo, Norway.

They will be part of the more than 20 National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants who will be joining the reopening of the formal peace talks on Monday, August 22.

"Kami ay nagpapasalamat kay President Rodrigo Duterte sa pagpapalaya sa amin at sa pagbubukas muli ng usapang pangkapayapaan para pag usapan ang mga malalimang reporma sa lipunan, sa ekomiya, sa pulitika na kinakailangan, para bigyan ng wakas ang armadong labanan," said Benito Tiamzon in a statement he delivered following their release.

[Translation: We thank President Rodrigo Duterte for freeing us and for reopening peace talks to discuss reforms for the society, economy, politics needed, to put an end to armed conflict.]

Earlier, members of different cause-oriented groups staged a rally in front of Camp Crame to press the release of the Tiamzons, lashing out at what they say were flimsy reasons of the police to keep the couple detained.

PNP Spokesman Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos, told CNN Philippines on Thursday, they were merely following proper procedures.

Aside from the Tiamzons, about 14 other detained NDF consultants have been freed this week.

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All of them are covered by the agreement on immunity guarantees, except for two detainees, Alex and Winona Birondo, who were released on humanitarian considerations.

Lawyer Rachel Pastores said the Tiamzons have acquired Philippine passports and are likely to travel to Oslo on Sunday.

Other consultants are still facing problems with their travel papers, such as failing to provide birth records and other documentary requirements.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said they support the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to release the couple.

In a statement, the AFP said this only represents the desire of Duterte to have an enduring and sustainable peace through formal peace talks.

They also said that they will support the all the peace efforts and covenants to ensure that the people can enjoy the "secured, prosperous, and peaceful lives free from threat, fear and want."