National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Human Rights Committee
GRP and PNP are Engaged in Disinformation About the Legal Situation of Prof. Sison
By Fidel V. Agcaoili
Chairperson, NDFP Human Rights Committee
9 March 2005
PNP director for intelligence General Roberto Delfin recently announced that two months hence the Dutch
government would make formal charges of terrorism against Prof. Jose Maria Sison and deport him to a
country other than the Philippines. Subsequently, press secretary Ignacio Bunye publicly called on Prof. Sison
to return to the Philippines.
These two high officials are engaged in disinformation and coordinated propaganda against Prof. Sison.
They wish to conjure the illusion that he is completely helpless and that he would soon be compelled to
leave the Netherlands.
The truth of the matter is that Prof. Sison is the complainant in several cases against the European Council
and the Dutch government for violating his human rights in connection with the so-called terrorist listing.
The Dutch authorities have not formally charged him with any criminal offense because they want to prevent
him from invoking the right to due process (Article 6 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human
Rights and Fundamental Freedoms) and from looking at the secret dossiers being unjustly used against him.
Prof. Sison cannot be deported from the Netherlands because he is a judicially recognized political refugee
and is under the protection of the Refugee Convention and Article 3 of the European Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).
Article 3 of the ECHR prohibits the expulsion of Prof. Sison to any country in which he faces the threat
of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Philippines would be such a country where
human rights violations are rampant and escalating and where a suggestion to assassinate Prof. Sison is discussed
at the highest level of government.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines has in its hands reliable information that national security adviser
Norberto Gonzales suggested the assassination of Prof. Sison in a national security meeting of the cabinet, with
GRP President in attendance. NDFP negotiating panel chairperson Luis Jalandoni has already exposed the evil
suggestion of Gonzales
However, the main reason why Prof. Sison is not yet returning to the Philippines is because the NDFP has requested
him to stay on in Europe and remain the chief political consultant of the NDFP in peace negotiations with the GRP.
This is in conformity with the longstanding GRP-NDFP agreement that the peace negotiations be in a neutral venue