"Terrorist listing" by the EU and other foreign governments emboldens Arroyo government to escalate political killings
By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot recently declared he is prepared to bring up the murders of political activists in the Philippines to the Arroyo government. Bot’s declaration was part of his May 31 official reply to questions raised in the Dutch Parliament last May 3, 2006 by Parliament member Harry van Bommel of the Socialist Party. To Mr. van Bommel’s question: “Is it true that this year already nine members of Bayan Muna, the same party to which some of those parliamentarians charged with rebellion belong, have been killed by unknown persons?”, the foreign minister answered with a simple “Yes”.