Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Joma was not invited to return to PH – Agcaoili

From the Manila Bulletin (Jun 27): Joma was not invited to return to PH – Agcaoili

The Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) has yet to receive a formal invitation for party leader Jose Maria Sison to return to the Philippines, as part of the resumption of peace talks between the two sides that could end more than 40 years of armed conflict.

This was disclosed by NDF Spokesperson Fidel Agcaoili who bared that the return of Sison was not among the issues taken up during the preliminary meeting between both parties earlier this month in Oslo, Norway.

“We were expecting that they would raise it, but they didn’t. So it remained in the air,” Agcaoili said yesterday during the weekly Kapehan sa SM her

IJose "Joma" Maria Sison
Jose “Joma” Maria Sison

His disclosure comes just three days before the formal assumption of office of President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte, and three weeks before the start of the formal peace talks between the government and the CPP-NDF in Oslo.

Agcaoili said that, “if the government is interested in having Joma [Sison] over for a visit, they should raise it formally.”

Sison has been on exile in Utrecht, The Netherlands since 1987.

“Hindi yung nasa ere lamang na parang binabato lamang sa media,” he added.

Agcaoili underscored that issue of Sison’s return would, in itself, entail a lot of discussions, particularly for the CPP founding chairman’s security.”

“Maraming kailangan iconsider diyan,” he said.

Among the security concerns could arise out of the United States government’s listing of the CPP and its military arm New People’s Army (NPA) in its terror watch list.

Agcaoili said it was uncertain whether Sison could freely travel to the Philippines without being arrested in a foreign airport.

“The US has reiterated its declaration against the CPP-NPA – and Joma – as a terrorist organization. There are spoilers and security risks. If the government is interested to have Joma come home to be able to talk to the president, they should raise it formally,” he said.

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