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Volume 2, Number 33              September 22 - 28,  2002            Quezon City, Philippines

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Japanese Peaceniks Defend Jose Maria Sison,
Calls for Peace Talks in the Philippines
And Junks Bush’s War of Terror

By the Japan Network for a Peaceful, Sovereign and Free Philippines (JNPSFP)


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“Enough is enough of George W. Bush’s scare and terror tactics!.”

This is how Kei Morishita, the initiator of the Japan Network for a Peaceful, Sovereign and Free Philippines (JNPSFP), a newly formed group of young Japanese, said.

“Just like in the movies, Mr. Bush is trying to be the hero brandishing all the high tech killing machines fighting his terrorist illusions and demonizing internationally his chosen foe.,” Morishita added, “This is how we see Mr. Bush is using such a ploy when it comes to Professor Jose Maria Sison, a Filipino political asylum seeker in the Netherlands.”

The US government in August 9, 2002 has branded as terrorist Professor Sison and listed as Foreign Terrorist Organization his founded organization the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA).

“And again, just like in the movies, we can the Philippine, Netherlands and Canadian heads of states acting as Bush’s three stooges when it comes to demonizing the characters of its villain, Prof. Jose Maria Sison,” Kei Morishita added.

The Dutch government, since August 15, 2002, has terminated benefits to the Sison family 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.,” Kei Morishita decried.

Article 3 of the EVRM declares that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

While the government of Philippine President Macapagal-Arroyo who acts as the nightingale of Bush in Asia are now busy fabricating crimes against Prof Sison that will lead and justify the US request to the Dutch government to extradite Prof Sison to the United States for trial.

The JNPSFP statement called on everyone to “support Prof Sison’s campaign against for his exercise of rights to life and his status as a political refugee.”

“Prof. 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.” 

The members of JNPSFP, composed mainly of students and young Japanese with network members in Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Yokohama and Tokyo, sees that the fast changing world is becoming narrower and has to make decision between war and peace, that “between a peacemaker (Prof Sison) or a neo-fascist militarist (Bush).”

As a course of action, the JNPSFP was formed and will kick-off its first activity with a picket in front of the Netherlands Consulate in Osaka on September 21, 2002 from 3:00  4:00 p.m.. 

According to Kei Morishita, the NJPSFP members chose to defend Professor Sison for his remarkable work as the Chief Political Consultant of the Peace Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and has been involved in pursuing peace ventures with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) for almost a decade now.

“As peace loving peoples of Japan, we are hoping and aspiring to have genuine peace in Asia and in the Philippines to push both the GRP and NDFP to go back and work for a peaceful solution to the armed conflict. We have to help hand-in-hand in removing all the obstacles for the attainment of a just and lasting peace in the Philippines particularly those brought about by international threat to peace such as fascism and terror of Bush that is incompatible to a peaceful solution to political and armed conflict.,” Kei Morishita concluded.

For reference: 

Japan Network for a Peaceful, Sovereign and Free Philippines (JNPSFP)

C/O FMC, 4-D Maruzen Bldg.

4-20-11 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi

Tel/Fax no. 052 243 2527

Email: JNPSFP@hotmail.com


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