Several multi-sectoral groups believe that providing a safe haven for the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria “Joma” Sison in the Netherlands would only prolong the sufferings of innocent civilians in the hands of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Members of Liga Independencia Pilipinas (LIPI), League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), and Yakap ng Magulang, alongside mothers of students who were reportedly recruited by various CPP’s front organizations, staged a picket rally on Wednesday in front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands along Paseo de Roxas in Makati City, to renew their call to terminate the asylum status given to Sison and his comrades in the European nation.
The groups urged the Netherlands government to stop allowing Sison and his colleagues to freely plan their violent attacks and atrocities in the Philippines.
LPP chair Remy Rosadio said the high-ranking officials of the Netherlands should cooperate with the Philippine government in sending Sison and other communist leaders back to the Philippines “so they face the raps filed against them.”
“They should hand over Joma Sison and his comrades to the Philippine government because they are responsible for more than 52 years of killings, kidnappings, the radicalization of our youth, and exploitation of our Lumads,” Rosadio said in Filipino during the rally.
Stop coddling Joma
Rosadio lamented that the Dutch government remained mum to their request to stop coddling Sison in their country.
“What makes you different from them? They have been destroying many lives and murdering many of our youth’s better futures. By refusing to cooperate with our government, the Philippine authorities, will only make you an accomplice to this unending crimes and atrocities committed by the CPP-NPA-NDF which were orchestrated by Joma Sison),” Rosadio said, as she sent a demand letter to the Dutch government to remove Sison’s asylum status.
Dr. Luvimin Madriaga, also an LPP member, said the “coddlers of Sison must hear out the cry of the Filipino parents.”
“Many of us lost our child because of the armed struggle. They were lured to join the communist groups. They were radicalized to become distant to their own family and become closer to the enemy of the State that has been destroying our country for long-standing 52 years,” Madriaga said.
Madriaga called out Sison for maneuvering the NPA attacks in the mountains while he lives a “luxurious life” in the Netherlands.
“If you truly love our country. Go back here in the Philippines and face all the criminal charges filed against you. Stop killing people. Stop recruiting minors. Stop destroying the government,” she said.
She said the communist insurgency in the country will only be halted if Sison will be held liable for the lawlessness of the CPP-NPA-NDF (National Democratic Front).
“To the people of the Dutch Embassy, we are asking you to lend a helping hand to the Filipino people by assisting us in sending back Joma Sison here. We want peace. We want to end this communist insurgency,” she added.
Madriaga said they will be relentless in urging the Dutch government to terminate the asylum status of the CPP leaders.
“We will not stop until you return Joma Sison back here,” she said.