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Prof. Sison Was in Maximum Security Detention
and Solitary Confinement in 1980-1986

By Fidel Agcaoili
Chairperson, Human Rights Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
16 November 2006

The Gloria Macapagal Arroyo regime is once again spinning lies against Professor Jose Maria Sison in its desperate attempt to recover from the very recent triple whammy it received from the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce, Japanese Senator Misuho Fukushima and officials of US retail giants for the extra-judicial killings in the Philippines.

This time Prof. Sison is accused of ordering the killings of 15 farmers whose bodies were supposedly dug up in Misamis Oriental by a joint operation of military and police. According to the report submitted to the Philippine National Police by a certain P/Senior Superintendent Julian F. Pantonial, the victims were abducted and killed sometime between 1980 to 1986 and that according to the testimonies of surrenderees-turned-witnesses, the abduction and summary execution of the farmers were allegedly ordered by Prof. Sison.

Prof. Sison was under maximum security detention and solitary confinement during 1980-1986. It is most probable that the remains dug up, as in the case of others produced by the military from so-called mass graves, are those of victims of military killings or indigenous peoples.

The Arroyo regime and the military is sounding like a broken record spinning lies after lies against the revolutionary movement and Prof. Sison in its vain attempt to deflect attention and cover up its responsibility in the killings and other grave violations of human rights.

But no one is buying these lies, not the Filipino people and not the international community. They know who is responsible for the extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances and they are pointing their fingers at the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo regime, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police and their death squads. ###

Reference:
Ruth de Leon, Executive Director
NDFP International Information Office
Tel. +31-30-2310431 Email: ndf@casema.nl


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