[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 29 August 2007 Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
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Newsbriefs 29 August 2007 Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
(UPDATE) Sison arrested by Dutch police for Kintanar, Tabara slays (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
"The Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the Royal Netherlands Embassy have confirmed the arrest of Jose Maria Sison on Friday morning in Utrecht where Sison is based, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau reported.
Sison was arrested by the International Crime Investigation Team of the Dutch National Criminal Investigation Department to face the criminal charges for his alleged involvement in assassinations of Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara that took place in Philippines.
Jan Fermon, Sison's lawyer told an abs-cbnNEWs.com source that the official charge was "incitement to murders" in the Philippines.
A statement on the Web site of the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office said: "The Communist leader was suspected of giving orders, from the Netherlands, to murder his former political associates in Philippines, Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara."
Wim de Bruin, the spokesman from the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office said in a telephone interview with ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau that the arrest was done by the local police and the Interpol was not involved because Sison was suspected to have ordered the murders from the Netherlands, which is a criminal act under the Dutch law.
"We started this investigation, a year ago, in 2006 and the police have concluded so far at the moment to make the arrest," de Bruin explained. "
Philippine military hails arrest of communist founder Sison (INQUIRER.net)
"MANILA, Philippines -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines hailed as a "triumph of justice" the arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma Sison on murder charges in the Netherlands.
At the same time, AFP spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro said Sison would be accorded due process that was allegedly denied to convicts of the New People's Army (NPA) "kangaroo courts."
"The arrest of Sison is a triumph of justice. Ironic as it is, he is assured of his day in court- a right denied to the thousands of innocent victims of communist kangaroo courts," Bacarro told reporters in a text message.
"This is history catching up with Mr. Sison. This is the long arm of the law catching up with Mr. Sison," he added."
Joma arrest: Gov't braces for protests, sympathy attacks (www.gmanews.tv)
" (Updated 8:56 a.m.) The Arroyo administration is now bracing for protests and sympathy attacks from communist rebels following the arrest of Jose Ma. Sison, founding chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales said Wednesday this was taken up during the National Security Council (NSC) meeting in Malacañang on Tuesday night.
"We're ready for those attacks and protests. We met with the defense secretary and Armed Forces chief of staff Tuesday night. The military and the police are ready nationwide," Gonzales said in Filipino on Iglesia ni Cristo-run dzEC radio.
In a phone interview from the Netherlands, Sison's ally Luis Jalandoni said protest actions have indeed been planned in the Philippines and other countries to condemn police action against the CPP founder.
"This afternoon or tonight, Philippine time, there will be rallies in different countries. Like in Hong Kong, Australia, America, Belgium, Netherlands ... so the Philippine government, the Dutch government and the European Union should look at the effect of this," Jalandoni said in Filipino on dzBB radio.
Jalandoni, chair of National Democratic Front peace panel, said the arrest of Sison will fuel the revolutionary movement of the CPP and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA).
"The struggle will intensify. The NPA will not surrender. The fight goes on in the provinces. The struggle of various sectors will continue," he said"
Gov't, MILF agree to extend truce monitor in Mindanao (www.philstar.com)
"COTABATO CITY - The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have asked a Malaysian-led truce monitoring team to extend its mission in Mindanao.
In a joint statement, government and MILF peace negotiators said the monitoring team had made a "substantial contribution" in stabilizing the situation in Mindanao region.
The truce between the government forces and the 12,000-strong MILF was agreed upon three years ago.
Last week, President Arroyo called off the planned resumption of formal peace talks amid a major military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf.
Officials expect the talks to resume in Malaysia in mid-September. "
6,000 soldiers, cops mobilized for Estrada verdict (Inquirer)
"MANILA, Philippines -- Thousands of troops and police will be deployed at the Sandiganbayan and around Malacañang to ensure peace and order when the anti-graft court hands down next month its verdict on the plunder case against former President Joseph Estrada.
Deputy Director General Reynaldo Varilla, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said some 6,000 policemen and military troops will be deployed on Sept. 15 in anticipation of rallies by pro-Estrada groups. "If needed we can add more," he added.
Maj. Gen. Ben Dolorfino, chief of the Armed Forces National Capital Region Command (NCRComm), said 2,000 soldiers will be deployed to augment antiriot policemen.
Of the 6,000 police and military forces, 2,000 from the National Capital Region Command will be sent to Malacañang.
Varilla advised the public to be calm and accept the verdict in the Estrada trial."
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