The Three False Charges of Rebellion
Against Prof. Jose Maria Sison in Negros
Are the Handiwork of IALAG
By Fidel V. Agcaoili
Chairperson, Human Rights Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
14 March 2007
The three false charges of rebellion in Negros against Prof. Jose
Maria Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the NDFP Negotiating Panel,
are the handiwork of the Interagency Legal Action Group (IALAG)
of National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales. The charges are
part of the 1,500 false charges that IALAG has been ordered to
manufacture against Prof. Sison before the May 2007 elections.
These charges against Prof. Sison, even if manufactured in the
hundreds or even thousands, are invalid and ineffective because
they are false and fabricated. They come out as puerile, silly and
Under Philippine law, there can only be one case of rebellion arising
from one rebellion. This absorbs all other possible allegations or
specifications. Otherwise someone accused of rebellion would be
in jeopardy of being punished twice or several times for one and
the same alleged offense of rebellion.
Also under Philippine law, Prof. Sison is not in the custody and
jurisdiction of the Philippine reactionary authorities. Under international
law, he is protected by the European Convention on Human Rights
and by the Refugee Convention.
It would be both a legal and political anomaly if the Dutch authorities
were to join the brutal Arroyo regime in persecuting Prof. Sison. The
Dutch authorities are bad enough for being deafeningly silent on human
rights violations by the Arroyo regime and for impeding the consultations
between the NDFP-Joint Secretariat and the Utrecht-based NDFP
members in the Joint Monitoring Committee and the NDFP Negotiating
Panel despite the endorsement of the Norwegian government.
Any request for the Red notice of Interpol is useless because there is
no extradition treaty between the Netherlands and the Philippines.
Furthermore, the charges are clearly politically motivated. Article 3
of the Interpol charter excludes politically motivated charges.
Among the lawyers of Prof. Sison are the best in international law on
human rights and international criminal law. The ignoramuses on these
subjects in the Arroyo regime and the military should stop exposing
their ignorance and malice internationally. #
Ruth de Leon
NDFP International Information Office