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Volume 2, Number 33 September 22 - 28, 2002 Quezon City, Philippines
Parliament Members Support
By the Committee to Defend Filipino Progressives Abroad (DEFEND)
The Netherlands) – Members of the European Parliament from Denmark, France,
Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden have expressed
concern and support to the call to defend the democratic and civil rights of
Filipino political exile Prof. Jose Maria Sison.
also asked the government of the Netherlands to withdraw the names of the CPP
and NPA from its list of terrorist organizations, and expressed support for the
resumption of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the
Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
a letter they signed addressed to Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, the
Europarliamentarians said the CPP and NPA are major organizations in the NDFP
engaged in peace negotiations with the GRP, and that Professor Sison is the
Chief Political Consultant of the NDFP in the negotiations.
said listing the CPP/NPA and Professor Sison as “terrorists” jeopardizes the
also expressed deep concern for the deprivation of housing, medical insurance,
food allowance and other basic necessities for the Sison family, and the
freezing of his bank account.
request you to withdraw your government’s listing of the CPP/NPA and Professor
Jose Maria Sison as terrorists and to support the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations,
which your government has hosted in the past,” the letter of the
make this request in accordance with European Parliament Resolutions in 1997 and
1999, which have strongly supported and endorsed the peace negotiations between
the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic
Front of the Philippines,” they emphasized.
twenty-two Europarliamentarians who signed the letter include: P. Frahm
(Denmark); Y. Boudjenah, S. Ainardi, F. Sylla, A. Krivine (France); H. Markov,
F. Uca, C. Fiebiger (Germany); E. Korakas, K. Alyssandrakis, D. Koulourianos
(Greece); L. Vinci, L. Manisco (Italy); E. Meijer (Netherlands); J. Miranda, I.
Figueiredo (Portugal); P. Marset, S. Jove, A. Puerta, L. Gonzalez (Spain); and
J. Sjostedt, H. Schmid (Sweden).
Committee DEFEND that oversees the campaign to defend the democratic rights of
Prof. Sison said it expects more Europarliamentarians to sign the letter.
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September 21, 2002 Bulatlat.com