PRESS STATEMENTS & INTERVIEWS, 2001 - Present
Interview With Prof. Jose Maria Sison
By Sonny Mallari
Channel 7 has reported in Manila that the Dutch
government has ordered the freezing of all your bank
accounts and has also deprived you of all social benefits due to
you as a recognized political refugee.
Reply: You must be referring to the
July 15 ruling of the Utrecht municipal court that it does not
have the power to grant to me provisional measures (i.e. the
restoration of social benefits while the case about the
validity of withdrawing these is being tried in court). I
have instructed my Dutch lawyers to accelerate the
consolidation of my complaints against the punitive
measures taken against me and the violations of my rights.
Would this affect the scheduled exploratory talks with the GRP peace panel?
Reply: There is yet no date for
exploratory talks. In the first place, it is the GRP that is no
longer interested in resuming the peace negotiations with the
NDFP. The GRP is in cahoots with the US in trying to
pressure not just the NDFP chief political consultant but the
NDFP to capitulate by signing a "final peace
agreement" onesidedly drafted by the GRP.
However, the main interest of the US is in the termination of
the peace negotiations and in the escalation of US military
intervention in the Philippines. Bush and Gloria know
that the NDFP will not capitulate. Both of them love to escalate
war in order to cover up their wrongdoings and aggravation
of the economic and social crisis.