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ANAD downplays Joma's delisting from world's "terrorist" list

Davao City (2 October) -- The Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist describe the recent European Union (EU) court's ruling, taking-off Maoist messiah and CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison from the list of "terrorist" personalities in the world, as a simple "palliative pill" to assuage the aging 70-year old founder of the Maoist communist-terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF.

"The decision does not make him a non-Maoist communist believer or would altogether change the very persona of Joma Sison who is deeply committed to pursue his vow of using violence as a means in achieving the goals and objectives of his organization," said Rey Salas, ANAD Partylist national spokesman, today.

"The EU court's edict was only to stop the use of the word - - terrorist as a label against Sison. Definitely, it does not change the character and intentions of Joma," Salas added.

Even the unfreezing of his assets by the same EU court does not give a new Jose Ma. Sison to the community of free and democratic nations of the world, said Salas as he called on all peace loving Filipinos to constantly be wary and on-guard against the surging and unflinching deception and lies spread by the sectoral front and pseudo partylist organizations, in the country.

On whether this development could spell and cause some improvement in putting an end to the country's 40-year CPP-NPA-NDF insurgency, Salas explained, "It is only our hope but facts covering the same period unequivocally show that Joma and his peers has no intention, whatsoever, of reaching out for peace. Instead, ANAD Partylist sees the upsurge in the NDF's malicious and venomous propaganda campaigns against government and stepped-up NPA guerilla attacks, in the countryside."

"Our brother Filipinos, especially those who continually are victims of Maoist communist manipulation and those in the less privileged sector, must always be on-guard against the onslaught of black propaganda as a result of Sison's delisting from the terrorist list," Salas explained.

On the other hand, ANAD Partylist welcomed the EU court's ruling with the hope that it will cause Joma Sison to get-out of his "protective shell" and pretensions and shall play a more active role towards the resumption of the oftenly stalled peace-talks with the government.

"Rather than going to the US not only to do some lectures but to taunt American authorities for labeling him as a terrorist, it is best for Joma to come back to the Philippines and seriously work for the resumption of the peace talks," Salas added. (pr/ANAD Partylist) [top]

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