POLICE are stepping up its campaign against New People’s Army insurgents in the countryside on orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said yesterday.
“The final push to end local communist armed conflict will be firm and decisive under the guidance and direction of the national leadership. The PNP is honored to play a crucial role in this national undertaking to finally deliver the blessings of sustainable peace, stability and progress to all communities,” Banac said in the wake of the President’s directive for an all-out war against the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines founded by self-exiled rebel leader Jose Ma. Sison.
“Police operations against the armed components of the communist terrorist movement will be swift and relentless just as it will be lawful and judicious. Every Filipino deserves to live a comfortable life, free from threats of terrorism, violence and oppression,” Banac added.
On Tuesday, PNP chief General Oscar D. Albayalde said they are helping the Armed Forces seek the return of Sison to the country and think that the Netherlands will give more weight to their contention that Sison should be arrested and returned to the country since he is facing multiple murder charges here.
“The Philippine National Police, thru the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC), is making representations with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) for the issuance of a Red Notice for the arrest of Jose Maria Sison to face trial in the Philippines for the crime of murder,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde pointed out that the Department of Foreign Affairs has its own effort complementing the government move to prompt the Dutch government to remove the asylum status it has given to Sison since the status can always be revoked especially if the personalities involved are wanted for involvement in heinous crimes in their own country.
Sison and 32 others are the subjects of a warrant of arrest for 15 counts of murder issued last August 29 by Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32. No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the accused.
Sison and the others were ordered arrested over the 2006 discovery of a mass grave in Inopacan, Leyte. Soldiers and policemen acting on a tip from ex-NPA rebels found the mass grave in Leyte and exhumed the skeletal remains of dozens of NPA guerrillas who were reportedly summarily executed by their comrades during a massive NPA purging in the 1980s.