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PIA Press Release
2007/09/03

Negros Occ gov calls for insurgents to be sober; military, PNP on full alert

Negros Occidental (3 September) -- Days following the arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) Jose Maria "Joma" Sison by the Dutch government, Negros Occidental Governor Joseph Marañon is calling for sobriety to the members and leaders of the CPP-NPA in the province.

Marañon's appeal was made amidst apprehensions of possible attacks from the group. The governor reiterated his previous call for talks with the leaders of the leftist group for eventual peace agreements.

Sison was allegedly charged with murder of two of his former political associates in the Philippines namely – Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara. Their respective wives filed the murder charges in the Embassy of The Netherlands in the Philippines, which initiated the investigation of these cases.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lauded Sison's arrest saying that it was a giant step towards peace. The arrest is a sign of victory for justice and the rule of law.

The president also ordered the military and the police to be on heightened alert and to prepare for possible retaliations from the NPA. A closer watch was ordered on military and government installations which are the primary targets of the communist rebels.

Western Visayas Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil Relations Group Capt. Lowen Gil Marquez said that the armed forces in the region are ready to face the CPP-NPA's in any weather, in any terrain.

Meanwhile, a press release from the Philippine National Police said that the Police officials from the Dutch government gathered evidence and established the fact that there is a direct connection with Sison, having ordered the killings of his former comrades who become "rejectionists" going against the policy of Sison and his minions. The complaints of the wives of Kintanar and Tabara supported by these pieces of evidence gathered by Dutch investigators served as proof that Joma has indeed planned and ordered the murders while in The Netherlands which is a crime in the laws of the said country.

Ambassador of Netherlands in the Philippines Robert Vornis announced that "no bail" was recommended for Sison's arrest. "Incitement to Murder" committed while residing therein is the case filed by The Netherlands against Sison. "This is a clear violation of the Dutch Laws which has been a refuge for Sison for more than twenty years," the press release added. (PIA/EAD) [top]

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