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Volume 2, Number 33 September 22 - 28, 2002 Quezon City, Philippines
Open Letter from Peace Advocates in Japan
By the Japan Network for a Peaceful, Sovereign and Free Philippines (JNPSFP)
George W. Bush Jr.
Pennsylvania Avenue NW
United States of America
Minsiter Jan Peter Balkenende
20001 2500 EA Den Haag
Minister Jean Chretien
of the Prime Minister
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines
Heads of State,
the peace loving people of Japan wish to express our strongest objection to the
action that your governments are involved with in creating an atmosphere of
fascism and terror of war all over the world. We are very much disturbed by US
President Bush’s neo-fascist passion of bullying legitimate governments of
Iraq, Iran, North Korea and others in his so-called list of “Axis of Evil.”
Moreover, we denounce George W. Bush for making inutile the role of the United
Nation Security Council with respect to solving the issues of Iraq with his
tough insistence to bomb Iraqi people regardless of any UN resolutions.
concerns grow deeper that this Bush war on terror is not only intended against
nations and states who together with its country people do not subscribe to US
interests. This Bush war on terror is also directed against patriotic country
people opposed to the US puppet governments like the Philippines. Recently, we
found very alarming the US branding of Professor Jose Maria Sison, a recognized
political asylum seeker in the Netherlands, as a terrorist and listed his
founded Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New Peoples Army (NPA)
as Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) with the immediate reciprocation of the
Philippines, The Netherlands and Canada.
recent acts as head of states in demonizing CPP and NPA and its founder is in
complete disregard and disrespect to the peace initiatives being pushed for a
decade now by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)
and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) of which the CPP and
NPA are organization members. May this letter remind you of the January 14, 1999
European Parliament resolution supporting the peace talks between the GRP and
NDFP and your deeds in criminalizing the CPP-NPA is inconsistent and
disrespectful to the said European Parliament resolution.
act of demonizing the CPP/NPA and personalities behind the NDFP such as Prof
Sison is seen as sick justification to the international community and as a
prelude for the US military’s direct involvement in fighting the Philippine
local liberation movement (CPP-NPA-NDFP) and at worst making the Philippines
into a new Vietnam.
so, this demonizing tactics under Bush war on terror is in concert with The
Netherlands government who in August 15, 2002 terminated the benefits to the
Sison family as recognized asylum seeker including allowances for foods and
other basic necessities, housing, and health insurance and third party liability
insurance. This effectively deprived the Sison family the basic necessities of
life. In effect, the Dutch government is violating the Refugee Convention for
the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (EVRM) of which the
Sison family is under protection.
Sison’s rights are violated when he was criminalized as a “terrorist”
without the benefit of due process, being demonized as such by name in official
public announcements and being subjected to punitive measures that deprive Mr.
Sison of basic necessities of life and that violates his basic human rights to
live. In-fact, nowhere in the world, not even in the Philippines, is there any
charge of common crime or political crime against Prof Sison. The Manila
government declared in 1998 that there is no pending criminal charge against
Prof Sison even up to now.
to this date is the move of the Philippine and the United States government to
fabricate a criminal case against Prof Sison to justify the Bush request to the
Dutch government to extradite Prof Sison to the
States. This extradition of Prof Sison will enable the Bush government to create
again an internationally sensational trial of Prof Sison to make the world
believe of the threat of terrorism in the Philippines. Thus, US troops
involvement in counter insurgency operation, or even making another Vietnam War
in the Philippines will be justified.
cannot keep our silence any more to the fact that you are railroading the world
into war against nation and states and against patriotic people. We are raising
high our voices in this petition to claim our political right to defend peace
internationally. Consequently, we are affixing our signatures for you to hear
our collective will against war and against prosecuting a peacemaker - Prof Jose
are shouting for peace and enough for your war mongering!
to Iraq War!
to another Vietnam War in the Philippines!
behalf of all the signatories,
Network for a Peaceful, Sovereign and Free Philippines (JNPSFP)
FMC, 4-D Maruzen Bldg.
Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi
no. 052 243 2527
September 21, 2002