Court orders arrest of Joma, 30 more

September 06, 2019
Joma Sison

EXILED Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chairman Jose Maria Sison and more than 30 others have been ordered arrested for 15 counts of murder by a Manila court, charges stemming from the discovery of a mass grave in Inopacan, Leyte.

Manile Regional Trial Court Branch 32 Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina recommended no bail for their temporary liberty.

The mass grave supposedly contained bodies of individuals allegedly killed by the New People’s Army on suspicion that they were military and police informants. It was infamously known as the “bloody purge” in the ’80s.

Aside from Sison, who is now in the Netherlands, also ordered arrested were Rodolfo Salas alias ‘Ka Bilog,’ Leo Velasco, Jose Luneta, Geronimo Pasetes, Prudencio Calubid and Luis Jalandoni, an adviser of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

The court also ordered the arrest of the following persons:

Sarmiento Eduardo, Juliet Sison, Francisco Pascual, Jr., Mil Lominion, Fortunato Felicilda, Benjamin Beringel, Quirino Quinawayan, Fernando Rachel, Pecario Sonana, Jesus Solayao, Lino Salazar, Alfredo Taladro, Tito Gabar, Muco Lubong, Felix Dumali Ciriaca Malimot, Luzviminda Orillo, Anselmo Balduhesa, Alfredo Mabingay, Bertino Oroza Bonifacio Padoc, Rodrigo Papiona, Prescillono Beringel Anastacio Dorias, Fr. Nick Ruiz, Sammy Labarda, Charlie Fortaliza Luis Villena, Rolando Caballera Donata Lambrento, and Luz Abejo.

Also among the accused were former Bayan Muna congressman Satur Ocampo, who is out on bail, NDF consultant Vicente Ladlad, and then-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas deputy secretary-general Randall Echanis.