“Prof. Jose Maria Sison is No Criminal!” NDFP-Monitoring Committee
assails conspiracy of persecution
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
30 August 2007
“Prof. Jose Maria Sison is not a criminal. He is a patriot and an exceptional
freedom fighter of the Filipino working class and people!”
This was declared by Fidel V. Agcaoili, chairman of the NDFP-Monitoring
Committee, in response to the Arroyo government’s stepped-up vilification
campaign against Prof. Jose Maria Sison on top of his unjust arrest and
detention in The Netherlands.
“There is an obvious conspiracy by the Philippine and Dutch governments
to persecute Prof. Sison politically” said Agcaoili. “This is very
evident with the resurrection of trumped-up murder charges against
him by Dutch authorities courtesy of the Government of the Republic
of the Philippines.”
Agcaoili assailed the charge of murder or ordering the murder of
Kintanar and Tabara slapped against Prof. Sison as “pure fabrication,
politically-motivated and an instrument of persecution. He should
be released immediately and unconditionally”.
He cited that the same charge has already been dismissed wholesale
by the Supreme Court in 2007 and that the highest court in the
Philippines has already exonerated Prof. Jose Maria Sison together
with 50 other co-accused progressives.
At the moment, the cited murder charge “has no corresponding case
in Philippine courts”, Agcaoili added.
Agcaoili asserted that Prof. Jose Maria Sison has been subjected
to a series of false and politically-motivated charges by the
Philippine military and intelligence agencies ranging from the
Plaza Miranda bombings, multiple murder and rebellion in 1988,
1991, 2003 and 2006.
“But one after the other, these charges have been dismissed and
nullified by Philippine courts in 1992, 1994 and 2007.” says Agcaoili.
According to Agcaoili, Prof. Jose Maria Sison is currently
undergoing intense interrogation for charges “spewed maliciously
by Arroyo’s cabal of militarists and psy-war agents and regurgitated
by Dutch police and intelligence in a conspiracy of persecution”.
The NDFP-Monitoring Committee chairman also assailed the war crimes
and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Mrs. Arroyo and her
“The real criminals and murderers are Mrs. Arroyo, Sec. Raul
Gonzales, National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, Press
Secretary Ignacio Bunye and the others in the Cabinet Oversight
Committee on Internal Security,” said Agcaoili.
“They are the masterminds in the extrajudicial killings of more
than 800 people, hundreds of enforced disappearances and the
displacement of more than a million Filipinos from their communities
in their all-out war against the revolutionary movement in furtherance
of Oplan Bantay Laya I and II.,”Agcaoili averred.
“They are exhilarated and continue to malign Prof. Jose Maria Sison
while he languishes in solitary confinement and unable to defend
himself. But this will be short-lived. The Filipino people know
the real culprits to their prolonged misery and are more than
ever determined to continue their struggle to rid themselves of
this rotten and barbaric regime”, Agcaoili concluded. #
Marissa P. Dumanjug-Palo
Head of Secretariat