MANILA - National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Rafael Baylosis was released from detention in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City on Friday afternoon, rights group Karapatan said.
This after a Quezon City court on Tuesday dismissed charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives filed against Baylosis.
Baylosis was arrested with a certain Roque Guillermo in Quezon City on January 31 last year for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
He was the first consultant to be rearrested after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped government's peace talks with communist rebels and declared the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army, as terrorist organizations.
Baylosis was released in 2016 to participate in the peace talks. He was detained for murder charges over his alleged role in a massacre in Inopacan, Leyte in 1985.
The Department of Justice earlier tagged Baylosis, an alleged communist leader, as a terrorist but was cleared in July 2018 by a Manila court, along with United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Jose Melencio Molintas.
--Report from Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News