Prof. Sison’s arrest, ransacking of NDFP office spell death for peace negotiations

Prof. Sison't arrest, ransacking of NDFP International Information Office
and houses of Filipino refugees spell death for the peace negotiations

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Chairperson, NDFP Monitoring Committee
Chairperson, NDFP Human Rights Committee

On behalf the NDFP-Monitoring Committee, we condemn in the strongest terms the arrest of Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, and the raids and ransacking of the NDF International Information Office and the houses of Filipino refugees by the Dutch police on the basis of trumped-up charges by the Philippine government. 

Prof. Sison't arrest, ransacking of NDFP International Information Office
and houses of Filipino refugees spell death for the peace negotiations

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Chairperson, NDFP Monitoring Committee
Chairperson, NDFP Human Rights Committee

On behalf the NDFP-Monitoring Committee, we condemn in the strongest terms the arrest of Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, and the raids and ransacking of the NDF International Information Office and the houses of Filipino refugees by the Dutch police on the basis of trumped-up charges by the Philippine government.

The actions of the Dutch authorities gravely violate the rights of Prof. Sison and other Filipino refugees and do not in any way contribute to the furtherance of the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

With the arrest of Prof. Sison based on false charges, Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has succeeded in extending her long fascist arms abroad courtesy of the Dutch authorities.

It should be Mrs. Arroyo and her minions in the Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security who should instead be arrested for war crimes under the principle of command responsibility for the extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances of more than 900 unarmed civilians in the implementation of Oplan Bantay Laya I and II.

Contrary to the claims of Mrs. Arroyo, the arrest of Prof. Sison and the raids conducted are bound to terminate the ongoing peace negotiations between the NDFP and the Arroyo government.

The NDFP Negotiating Panel will await instructions from the leadership of the revolutionary movement in the Philippines on the fate of the peace negotiations in light of the recent arrest of Prof. Sison.

The arrest of Prof. Sison will not stop the Filipino people from advancing the struggle for national liberation and democracy and the attainment of a just and lasting peace in the Philippines. They will continue to intensify their resistance against the illegitimate, unjust, corrupt and barbaric Arroyo regime.

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