The Dutch government had no choice but to order Prof. Jose Maria Sison’s release from detention after it could not find ‘sufficient indications’ of his involvement in ‘inciting murders in the Philippines.’ Read the statement of the Dutch Ministry of Justice.
The Dutch court said that while the New People’s Army owned up to the punishment of former Communist Party members Arturo Tabara and Romulo Kintanar, it said that it found no proof directly linking Sison to the killing.
Malacanang, meanwhile, seems to be caught off guard by this development. A prelude of strained relations, perhaps, between the Dutch and RP governments? Did Malacanang really think it could get away with something as blatantly unjust as this? I agree with tonyo, National Security Adviser Norby Gonzales should resign and he and his principal, Arroyo, should be held accountable for the injustice against Sison’s person.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) described Sison’s release as a small victory and warned of more political persecution ahead against the people’s movement. While I agree that we should be more vigilant against further political attacks, I have to disagree with how Bayan described Sison’s release. It is none other than a BIG victory for the national democratic movement and is cause for celebration.
Everyone is invited to join the victory rally to celebrate Sison’s release tomorrow, September 14, 12nn at UST Espana. Mabuhay si Prof. Sison! ###