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INOPACAN MASSACRE TRIAL: Time for Joma to exhaust all the legal and constitutional rights afforded to him by the very democracy he wishes to destabilize

Massacre trial, chance for Sison, cohorts to defend themselves

 November 19, 2020

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. considered the ongoing murder trial for 15 counts of murder against Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison a good time for him and other accused to defend themselves in court.”Sison’s trial for… Read More

MANILA COURT HEARS 29TH WITNESS VS. JOMA IN INOPACAN MASSACRE

“It is high time that the CPP-NPA be held accountable for the atrocities they have committed against our people.”

ESPERON takes witness stand

A time of reckoning long overdue has started for alleged members of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) behind the mass killings of individuals suspected of being embedded government spies in the rebel group in Inopacan, Leyte.National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. the… Read More

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PNP ASKS INTERPOL: ARREST JOMA

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it has asked the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to issue a ‘red notice’ to expedite the arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison for his alleged involvement in the so-called Inopacan massacre in Leyte.

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PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde said they are now coordinating with the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC) to start the process against Sison who is currently in self-exile in Utrecht, Netherlands.

“The PNP, thru the PCTC, is making representations with the Interpol for the issuance of a red notice for the arrest of Jose Maria Sison to face trial in the Philippines for the crime of murder,” Albayalde told reporters during the press briefing held at Camp Crame.

A red notice forces police worldwide to go after fugitives who are hiding in their respective countries.

The PCTC is the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in the Philippines.

“Sison is in self-exile in Utrecht, The Netherlands from where he continues to exercise command and control of the New People’s Army, the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines under the umbrella of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines that is waging a terrorist campaign in some parts of the Philippines,” Albayalde said.

“His wife and co-accused Juliet De Lima Sison is with him in the Netherlands,” he added.

The PNP chief said the legal basis for an Interpol red notice is an arrest warrant or court order issued by judicial authorities in a country.

On Aug. 28, the Regional Trial Court Branch 32 in Manila issued the warrant of arrest against self-exiled Sison and 37 individuals including National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants Luis Jalandoni, Prudencio Calubid, and Geronimo Pasetes.

RTC Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina ordered the arrest of the 38 individuals for their alleged involvement in the so-called Inopacan massacre in Leyte on Sept. 2, 1985. No bail was recommended.

Based on estimates of former rebels and the victims’ relatives, the Inopacan massacre, dubbed by the New People’s Army as “Oplan Venereal Disease”, claimed the lives of about 300 residents in Leyte province.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

COURT ORDERS ARREST OF JOMA SISON, 37 OTHERS

A Manila court has ordered the arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder, Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, and 37 other individuals for their alleged involvement in the so-called Inopacan Massacre in Leyte on September 2, 1985.

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has expressed its elation over the decision. The massacre  reported was the handiwork Sison and the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the CPP.

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“We are elated as the victims’ families are for the issue of arrest warrant by the court against Mr. Jose Ma. Sison, his wife, and 36 others for the mass murder by the NPA of people who were suspected of being government spies that claimed the lives of about 300 residents in Leyte province in a purging activity infamously dubbed by the NPA as ‘Oplan Venereal Disease’,” said AFP spokesperson, Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.

While it is still early yet to claim victory, the military official said the AFP is happy as the wheels of justice have started to turn.

Arevalo also called the incident a “crime against humanity”.

“We are, as ever, firm in our resolve to hunt down these terrorists who perpetrated this dastardly, cowardly, and devilish acts to serve the warrant and arrest them,” he added.

Arevalo said the AFP is as devoted as other agencies of government to bringing Sison and his companions to the courts so that they can answer for the crime.

“As for those who are, like Mr. Sison, outside the country, we may not be able to serve the warrant right away as they are outside our jurisdiction. But we are not without recourse,” the AFP spokesperson added.

In line with this, Arevalo said the military coordinate with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Justice, the International Police and other relevant agencies for the service of the warrant of arrest or other legal recourse available.

“We are sure that the long arm of the law will soon catch up on Mr. Sison and his cohorts,” he added. Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 32 in Manila, issued the Warrant of Arrest dated August 28, 2019, against Sison with aliases Joma, Armando Guerrero, Armando Liwanag, and his wife Juliet, former National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace negotiator, among others.

Palace to Sison: ‘Face the music’ in ‘80s purging case

The arrest warrant came following an order issued by Medina on August 22, 2019, after finding probable cause that the “accused committed the offense as charged in the amended information”. No bail was recommended for the 38 accused.

Based on estimates of former rebels and the victims’ relatives, the Inopacan massacre or mass purging, dubbed by the NPA as “Oplan Venereal Disease”, claimed the lives of about 300 residents in Leyte province.

The families of purging victims, during the 12th commemoration of the massacre on September 2, continue to cry for justice for their loved ones who were summarily executed by communist rebels on the suspicion of their ties with the military.

Charges were filed in 2006 after the skeletal remains of 67 victims were exhumed from shallow graves in Subang Daku village, Inopacan town, Leyte on August 28, 2006.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)