Top National Democratic Front (NDF) officials Benito and Wilma Tiamzon have been meted life terms for the 1998 kidnapping of four soldiers in Quezon province and holding them hostage for 75 days.
The NDF is the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Judge Alfonso Ruiz of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court found the Tiamzons guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of kidnapping in violation of Sec. 267 of the Revised Penal Code, arising from the complaint filed by Lt. Abraham Casis.
During their captivity, Casis testified he saw the couple meeting with New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas and issuing them orders.
The Tiamzon husband-and-wife were arrested in Cebu in 2014, but were ordered released in 2016 by President Duterte to act as consultants for the Oslo peace talks.
After the talks bogged down, they returned to the country but have gone into hiding again. They remain at large, and are being hunted by the police.