NDF Hits Arrest Warrants, Charges against Joma, Satur, Jalandoni
Byline: MARVYN N. BENANING
National Democratic Front (NDF) negotiating panel chairman Luis Jalandoni has condemned the criminal charges filed and arrest warrants issued against him, NDF consultant Jose Ma. Sison and wife Julieta de Lima, Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Satur Ocampo, consultant Vicente Ladlad, and committee members Rafael Baylosis and Randall Echanis.
Jalandoni said these charges have made it imperative for the International People's Tribunal (IPT), also known as the People's Permanent Tribunal (PPT), to proceed with the indictment filed against President Arroyo and commence her trial from March 21 to 25.
IPT also indicted former President Marcos in 1982 and "convicted" him of massive repression, arrests, killings and abductions of political dissenters during martial law.
"The basis of the charge and arrest warrants is the obviously perjured testimony of the military's witness who claimed that I, Prof. Sison and Rep. Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna, ordered the killing of civilians in Inopacan, Leyte, in 1984, while Rep. Ocampo and Prof. Sison were in maximum security prisons of the Marcos dictatorship and while I was in Europe as a political refugee," Jalandoni said.
"The ongoing manhunt for Rep. Ocampo, Vicente Ladlad, and other personnel involved in GRP-NDFP peace negotiations, and the PNP call on Interpol to place Prof. Sison, me and others on the Interpol's 'red notices,' shows the viciousness of this regime which vainly tries to cover up its accountability for the more than 830 extra-judicial killings, more than 200 involuntary disappearances, and for which it has drawn intense national and international condemnation," he added. …