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Palace promises no arrest of Joma Sison during peace talks

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang has assured communist founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison that no arrest will be effected upon his return to the Philippines for the possible resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines.

“Hindi naman sila aarestuhin. At iyan naman ay pinapangako ni Presidente. Sususpendihin ang lahat ng mga pending warrant of arrest laban sa kanila kung may pag-uusap,” said Panelo in an interview with dzIQ.

On Thursday, Duterte announced that he will send Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello to the Netherlands to resume talks with Sison.

Panelo said the President has not totally closed his doors on peace negotiations with the communist rebels as he wants to improve the country’s peace and order situation before stepping down in 2022.

“Ganyan palagi ang sinasabi niya. Palagi siyang nakabukas. Merong ajar, merong maliit na bukas sa bintana o sa pintuan. Kasi alam mo ang Presidente, pareho lang ng lahat ng Pilipino. Ayaw nila ng himagsikan, rebolusyon, rebellion. Ayaw nila ng magulo, ayaw nila ng patayan. Lahat tayo gusto natin ay kapayapaan,” he also said.

Last August 28, the Manila Regional Trial Court ordered the arrest of Sison and 37 others for 15 counts of murder for their alleged involvement in the so-called “Inopacan massacre” in the 1908s.

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