Philippines to seek help from Dutch gov’t for extradition of Joma Sison

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019   •   2007

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government will seek a special arrangement with the Dutch government for the extradition of exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

“The government will seek a special arrangement with the Dutch Government for the extradition of Joma Sison,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement on Thursday.

“On the grounds that his ‘refugee status’ is no longer tenable because he participated in the commission of crimes and other criminal acts as determined by the Regional Trial Court which renders him effectively ineligible,” he added.

In 1992, the Netherlands recognized Joma as a “political refugee” on the basis of his alleged persecution by the Marcos regime.

Año criticized Sison, saying he must be “hallucinating” for supposedly claiming that he is “absolutely protected” in his self-imposed exile in the Netherlands as a so-called political refugee.

“Ang isang kriminal ay hindi kailanman puwedeng ituring na political refugee. Ang isang mass murderer ay hindi puwedeng maging refugee. Buking ka na, Joma, kaya panagutan mo ang mga kasalanan mong pagpatay sa mga kapwa mo Pilipino,” Año said.

(A criminal can never be considered a political refugee. A mass murderer can never be a refugee. You are busted, Joma, so you better face your crimes of murdering fellow Filipinos.)

Sison and 36 other members of the CPP-New People’s Army (NPA) are the subjects of a warrant of arrest issued by a Manila Court on August 28 in relation to a murder case for the discovery of a mass grave in Inopacan, Leyte in 2006 that purportedly contained the bones of the victims of a mass killing by the New People’s Army in the 1980s. 

Año further taunted Sison, calling him a “coward for hiding from the charges against him in a foreign country and living there like a king.”

“Duwag ka, Joma (You’re a coward, Joma). Now that you are in the last few years of your life, do something right for a change, own up to your sins against the Filipino people and face the charges against you and give justice to the victims of the Inopacan massacre, among many others,” the DILG chief said.

Año claimed Sison continues to direct “his terrorist forces” in the Philippines through public statements directing the New People’s Army “to kill and plunder in the countryside.” 

“This fact has been established when the United States, the European Union, and the Duterte Administration declared the CPP/NPA as a terrorist organization,” he said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier said they are closely coordinating with the International Police (INTERPOL) for the issuance of a Red Notice for Sison’s arrest.

READ: AFP to work with DFA, DOJ, Interpol for arrest of Joma Sison

Año said that once the INTERPOL publishes a red notice, Sison will become a wanted man all over the globe.

The DILG chief also the Philippine government is currently working with the European Union to have Sison’s so-called refugee status in The Netherlands revoked as soon as possible. The Netherlands is part of the European Union.

“Wala ng rason pa para kanlungin pa ng Netherlands si Joma dahil ang Pilipinas at ang EU mismo kung saan kasapi ang Netherlands ay nagsasabing isang terrorist organization ang CPP na pinamumunuan ni Sison,” he stressed.

(The Netherlands no longer has a reason to shelter Joma because the Philippines and no less than the EU itself, where the Netherlands is part of have said that the CPP led by Sison is a terrorist organization.)

Año said initial talks with the EU deputy ambassador were positive with the latter committing to help the Philippine government in this matter.

Joma Sison ‘not bothered’ by PH government’s terrorist designation

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Self-exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison on Thursday shrugged off the government’s move to designate him and other alleged high-ranking members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as “terrorists.”

Sison and his wife were among the 29 individuals designated as terrorists in a resolution published by the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC).

Sison, who is in the Netherlands, said he and his spouse are “not at all bothered” by the inclusion of their names in the list.

“To start with, the list of names in the designation appears to be arbitrary, dubious, and even contradictory or inconsistent with the various public and purportedly personal statements even of its own NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) evil minions,” he said.

“Moreover, it includes mostly publicly-known political consultants of the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) Negotiating Panel in the peace negotiations with the Manila government who are all entitled to the protection of the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement of Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and other binding bilateral agreements,” he added.

He, however, admitted worrying about the welfare of other personalities tagged in the list who are staying in the Philippines.

“We are not bothered even by the threats of Duterte death squads coming over to hit us which have been persistently reported to us by various sources. We have been alert to these threats,” Sison said. “Our main concern is for those who are in the Philippines and are designated by the aforesaid resolution and many more people who are red-tagged and vulnerable to the criminal violence of the Duterte regime.”

Under Resolution No. 17 dated April 21, the Anti-Terrorism Council formally tagged Sison and 18 other alleged high-ranking members of CPP’s Central Committee as terrorists.

The resolution, signed by Executive Secretary and ATC chairperson Salvador Medialdea, and National Security Adviser, and ATC vice-chair Hermogenes Esperon Jr., was published in a local newspaper on Thursday.

In a separate resolution, ten members of different local terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf Group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and the Daulah Islamiyah have also been designated as terrorists.

These individuals are accused of conspiring, planning, and preparing for the commission of terrorism, covered by Sections 6, 7, and 10 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

“Based on verified and validated information, the ATC found probable cause, as defined I the Anti-Terrorism Act, warranting the designation of the following center committee members of the CPP… for planning, preparing, facilitating, conspiring, and inciting the commission of terrorism and recruitment and membership in a terrorist organization or a group organized for the purpose of engaging in terrorism,” the resolution read.

Under Section 25 of the Anti-Terrorism Law, the ATC has the authority to designate individuals, groups of individuals, organizations, or associations as terrorists without a court hearing.

This will allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council to freeze the assets of designated personalities or organizations.

Individuals tagged as terrorists have 15 days to file a request for delisting.

Filipina scientist knighted in the Netherlands

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

A Filipina scientist has been awarded a Knighthood in the Netherlands in recognition of her tireless dedication in promoting The Netherlands relations with the Philippines.

The Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines has announced that Ambassador Saskia de Lang honored Dr. Mary Ann Pelagio Sayoc by awarding her a Knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

“I am very proud to announce that it has pleased His Majesty King Willem-Alexander to award a Knighthood on a leading personality of the Dutch-Filipino community. It is a recognition of exceptional merit to The Netherlands,” she said in conferring the knighthood to Sayoc.

𝗡𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗞𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗶-𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲

MANILA, Philippines (April 26, 2021) – Ambassador Saskia de…

Posted by Embassy of the Netherlands in the Philippines on Monday, April 26, 2021

The statement said Dr. Sayoc has significantly contributed in realizing efforts aimed at transforming Philippine agriculture and boosting productivity of local farmers. She also headed various organizations that boosts the ties between the Philippines and the Netherlands.

The Order of Orange-Nassau is awarded to individuals for longstanding meritorious service to society. AAC

DA issues import ban on bird products from Altforst village, The Netherlands

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday (November 10) issued a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products originating from the village of Altforst in the Dutch province of Gelderland, the Netherlands.

According to DA, a veterinary report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in The Hague said there is an outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in the area affecting parent broiler stock poultry.

Thus, the ban also covers poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen coming from the said village, the DA said.

In line with this, the processing, evaluation of application and issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import clearance for the above products is also suspended.

Meanwhile, all incoming poultry meat shipments with SPS import clearance issued on or before October 30 will be allowed entry provided that the frozen poultry meat has a slaughter date of 21 days prior to the start of the outbreak on October 8.

All shipments that do not comply with the veterinary quarantine protocols will be confiscated.

The importation ban has taken effect on November 6 as signed by the DA Secretary William Dar.

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