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Beltran calls for resumption of formal peace talks,
sacking of Norberto Gonzales

Anakpawis Party-List
From the Office of Rep. Crispin Beltran
He can be contacted via his cellphone number 092.7871.1080,
Ina Alleco R. Silverio, chief of staff, 0919.506.5269
Maureen Hermitanio ,media liaison officer 931.6615
News Release October 4, 2007

As Dutch Appeals court throws out charges vs JMS, Beltran calls for resumption of formal peace talks between Arroyo govt, NDFP and sacking of Norberto Gonzales

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, Justice secretary Raul Gonzalez and the various officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) behind the plot to have National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) chief political consultant Jose Ma. Sison arrested and charged with assassinations in the Philippines should be sacked for incompetence and arrogance. He also said that the Arroyo government should reopen the formal peace talks.

The Dutch Court of Appeals judges G. Oosterhof, G.P.A. Ale and F.Heemskerk in their decision reiterated that there was a lack of direct and sufficient evidence against Prof. Sison to justify his return to solitary confinement. The District of the Court had previously dismissed the charges against Sison also for lack of evidence, but the Ducth prosecutors had filed an appeal on the insistence of Philippine authorities.

"Sec. Norberto Gonzales over-estimated himself, his abilities and his influence. His sorry plan to have Prof. Sison incarcerated and completely scuttle the peace talks between the Macapagal-Arroyo government and the NDFP has been foiled for the second time. The continuing political persecution of Prof. Sison has serious implications on the future of the peace talks and the over-all negotiations for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines. Instead of returning to the negotiating table, the Arroyo government, upon the prodding of war-mongering officials the likes of Gonzales, instigates malicious legal attacks against the NDFP. It is in the best interest of the Filipino people for the peace talks to continue, but Gonzales stands directly in the way of this. He should be axed," he said.

"Gonzales should not be allowed to remain in a position of power and influence. His war-mongering declarations malicious imputations and cold-blooded disregard for human rights make him a very dangerous man and a deterrent to efforts to establish peace in the country."

Beltran said that no right thinking and unbiased court of law would convict Prof. Sison on the flimsiest evidence and malicious allegations of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration. He said that the Supreme Court of the Philippines itself had already thrown out the charges against Sison regarding the Kintanar and Tabara assassinations.

"Even the Dutch judiciary sees how the charges against Prof. Sison are politically- motivated, the same way that all the extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in the Philippines are politically- motivated. All this further emphasizes the repressive character of the incumbent administration and its political ruthlessness, " he said.

In the meantime, the activist lawmaker said that the peace talks between the Arroyo government and the NDFP should resume, and that all positive efforts must be made to compel the government to return to the negotiating table.

"The Macapagal-Arroyo government should once and for all stop its campaign of political repression, the extrajudicial killings and abductions, and the criminalization of activists. It should instead call for the resumption of the formal talks in the peace negotiations which the NDFP. The government should meet halfway the efforts of the NDFP to negotiate peace and stop the attacks against its leaders and consultants including Prof. Sison," he said. #

Anakpawis Rep. Crispin B. Beltran
Rm.602 South Wing, House of Representatives
Commonwealth, Quezon City

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