Sison's Moment of truth.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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Sison's Moment of truth.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)


THE Armed Forces of the Philippines have dug up hundreds of shallow graves in the Southern Tagalog region and in Northern Mindanao, where the victims of Jose Ma. Sisons orgies of violence had been dumped. These were members of the CPPNPA who had been tried and found guilty of collaborating with the government. The CPP-NPA Kangaroo courts sentenced them to a gruesome death on mere suspicion. These atrocities have stained the hands of Prof. Sison, who was the one who ordered these bloody purges. This inevitably invites comparison with the Khmer Rogue leader, Pol Pot, who converted Cambodia into killing fields, decimating the population of that country.

Behind the suave, philosophical front, Sison's New People's Army had been ravaging the countryside for three decades, with thousands of innocent farmers and their families being killed in a continuing saga of paranoia, brutality and destruction.

Now the Communists have announced a global drive "to defend the democratic rights of Jose Ma. Sison" using the Internet and other media. Their chosen battleground is the European Union, which has cast itself in the role of the world's foremost champions of human rights.

In Western Europe, human rights have become the new secular religion. The Christian churches are empty on Sundays, but human rights advocacy, especially in the Third World, can open generous European pockets. In this way millions of dollars donated for human rights find their way to the coffers of so-called liberation movements and are transformed into arms to battle the existing, duly-elected governments and spread terror among the peaceful, law-abiding populace.

When Renato de Villa was Secretary of National Defense, military intelligence disclosed that an average of $12 million was being siphoned off annually to the New People's Army from generous donors, mainly from European support groups who had been duped into believing that the CPPNPA were the foremost guardians of human rights in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

Now the global war against terrorism in all its forms has caught up with the CPP-NPA and their European supporters have been asked to reassess their attitude and policy towards the CPP-NPA and similar movements around the world.

Various Philippine governments have chosen to ignore the CPP-NPA's propaganda campaign against the government in Europe. Prof. Sison and his NDF cohorts, upon being released from jail in 1986, had the effrontery to claim political refuge in the Netherlands, seeking shelter under the EU Convention on Human Rights and the liberal immigration laws of the Dutch government. They were living off the fat of the Dutch taxpayers who were paying for their board and lodging in the lovely city of Utrecht.

Recently, the Netherlands authorities declared the CPPNPA as a terrorist organization and ordered that their funds and assets be frozen. The legal status of Sison and his cohorts as asylum seekers has now become extremely precarious. Sison fears he may be expelled from his Dutch refuge and dreads his possible extradition to the United States and a lonely cell in the detention prison for terrorists maintained by the US Army in their Guantanamo naval base in Cuba. …

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