What about Joma’s
crimes against humanity?
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – “What
does President Aquino III mean when he said that Joma Sison may join
the 2013 polls only after a formal and comprehensive peace agreement
is signed by the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF)? (PNoy:
Joma may run in 2013 polls, 03/03/12, www.tribuneonline.org). Does
this mean that once an agreement is signed by both parties, a
presidential clemency is to be handed down for Joma despite the many
criminal cases against him that are pending with the courts?” asked
ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover in reaction to several stories coming
out of the national dailies last Saturday (March 3).
“Surrender of their
firearms is not enough so that Joma and his cabal of demagogues could
be able to join the country’s political fray. They must be made to
answer for the grizzly crimes they has committed against the Filipino
people,” the former NPA political and commanding officer turned
pro-democracy advocate stressed. (Yield and join polls, Aquino tells
rebels, 03/03/12, www.inquirer.net)
Rep. Alcover said that
it is unconscionable for anyone to think that Joma, primus enter pares
of Maoist communist terrorism in the country, by just a stroke of
Presidential fiat could easily get away from the many criminal cases;
while government law enforcement units are ordered to hunt down
retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan for the alleged trumped-up case of
kidnapping that many believe is politically motivated. “It is grossly
unfair for government to openly display double standard in the
implementation of our laws,” he said.
“We should not forget
that sometime in l987 Joma discreetly went to the Netherlands. With
the assistance of his communist friends there, he was able to acquire
refugee status and thus evade the long arm of our laws,” Rep. Alcover
pointed out as he strongly urged the government to uphold the rule of
law and the country’s established judicial processes.
On the other hand,
Rep. Alcover hit Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas who
reportedly went twice to Utrecht, Netherlands to convince Joma to come
home (Noy open to Joma’s return, 03/03/2012, www.philstar.com). “What
is Sec. Llamas trying to show and prove to us? Will Sec. Llamas
explain what does he mean by political settlement? Doing these under
wraps yet using public funds connotes serious devious intentions! Has
President Aquino III given the go signal for back-channel efforts
instead of the formal peace negotiations which is now indefinitely
suspended?” he asked.
“If not for some media
personalities ‘with a nose for factual and relevant informations’, we
are always left in the dark. Despite
ANAD’s several calls for transparency in the conduct of the peace talks, the
Aquino III administration made no response,” Rep. Alcover said even as
he expressed willingness to help government achieve what it believes
is best for its people and country.
“We have sworn to
serve the Filipinos people in all honesty and candor but never to be
lapdogs and mouthpieces of anyone especially those with viral and
selfish political interests,” he said.
will push for the creation of a House Special Oversight Committee,
solely for this GPH-Maoist CPP-NPA-NDF talks, to see to it that the
millions of Filipinos are not deprived of the true and timely
information on the actual developments of the peace talks and see to
it that the taxpayers’ money is judiciously and properly spent,” Rep.