Several multi-sectoral organizations believe that giving Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the founding chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), a place of refuge in the Netherlands will only lengthen the anguish of innocent civilians who have been victims of the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).
Members of Liga Independencia Pilipinas (LIPI), League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), and Yakap ng Magulang, as well as mothers of students allegedly recruited by various CPP front organizations, contrived a picket rally in front of the Netherlands Embassy in Makati City on Wednesday to renew their call to end the asylum status granted to Sison and his comrades in the European nation.
The organizations encouraged the Dutch authorities to prohibit Sison and his associates from openly planning deadly acts and crimes in the Philippines.
LPP chair Remy Rosadio said the Netherlands’ high-ranking authorities should work with the Philippine government to return Sison and other communist leaders to the Philippines to face the charges made 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 indigenous peoples,” Rosadio said in Filipino during the rally.
Lamenting that the Dutch government remains mum to their request to stop coddling Sison in their country, Rosadio said, “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.”
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 chastised Sison for orchestrating NPA attacks in the highlands while living in “luxury” 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 stated that the country’s communist insurgency will be put to an end only if Sison is held accountable for the CPP-NPA-NDF’s lawlessness.
“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.
Relentless in urging the Dutch government to terminate the asylum status of the CPP leaders, Madriage added, “We will not stop until you return Joma Sison back here.”
Relissa Lucena, founder of Yakap ng Magulang and mother of AJ, who was allegedly recruited by accused CPP-NPA legal front organization Anakbayan, criticized the Dutch government for coddling Sison as a political refugee, saying, “Joma doesn’t deserve comfortable living because he is a terrorist.”
“Napakasakit po na si Joma Sison ay nabubuhay ng masarap sa Netherlands habang sinisira niya ang maraming pamilyang Pilipino. Sumisira sa bansang Pilipinas,” Lucena said.
“It’s time that the Dutch government must wake up to the fact that Joma Sison, who got a political asylum in the Netherlands, is truly a heartless terrorist,” she added.
Lucena slammed Sison for allowing the CPP-NPA-NDF and its front organizations to prey on the Filipino youth’s innocence.
“Napakadaming bata ang nawawala. Napakadaming bata ang namamatay sa kabundukan,” she said.
Lucena stated that the Dutch government should listen to former NPA rebels’ accounts verifying Sison’s role as the principal orchestrator and perpetrator of the CPP-NPA-brutal NDF’s attacks.
The demonstrators also want an end to the long-running communist-led armed struggle.
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines have all designated the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization.
On June 23, 2021, the Anti-Terrorism Council formally declared the NDF as a terrorist group, identifying it as “an integral and independent part” of the CPP-NPA, which was established in April 1973.