Joma Sison & List of NPA Leaders Ordered to be Arrested

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CPP-NPA founding leader Jose Maria Sison and 36 others are ordered to be arrested by a Manila Court in connection with alleged mass execution perpetrated by the NPA in the 1980’s.

The arrest order was signed by Presiding Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 32 in Manila. The Warrant of Arrest was dated August 28, 2019, against Joma Sison, Armano Guerrero, Armando Liwanag, and his wife Juliet, former National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace negotiator, among others.

Also included in the arrest warrant are those charged with 15 counts of murder in connection with the Inopacan massacre, namely:

  1. Rodolfo Salas alias Ka Bilog — former CPP chair who was arrested in 1886 and granted an amnesty in 1992 by former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos;
  2. Leo Velasco – NDFP consultant for the peace process; 
  3. Jose Luneta — co-founder of Kabataang Makabayan and former CPP secretary general secretary; passed away in Germany on May 1, 2018;
  4. Geronimo Pasetes;
  5. Prudencio Calubid – NDFP peace consultant;
  6. Luis Jalandoni — NDFP senior adviser;
  7. Sarmiento Eduardo – NDFP consultant;
  8. Francisco Pascual, Jr.;
  9. Mil Lominion;
  10. Fortunato Felicilda;
  11. Benjamin Beringel;
  12. Quirino Quinawayan;
  13. Fernando Rachel;
  14. Pecario Sonana;
  15. Jesus Solayao;
  16. Lino Salazar;
  17. Alfredo Taladro;
  18. Tito Gabar;
  19. Muco Lubong;
  20. Felix Dumali;
  21. Ciriaca Malimot;
  22. Luzviminda Orillo;
  23. Anselmo Balduhesa;
  24. Alfredo Mabingay;
  25. Bertino Oroza;
  26. Bonifacio Padoc;
  27. Rodrigo Paplona;
  28. Prescillono Beringel;
  29. Anastacio Dorias;
  30. Nick Ruiz;
  31. Sammy Labarda;
  32. Charlie Fortaliza;
  33. Luis Villena;
  34. Rolando Caballera;
  35. Donata Lumbrento; and
  36. Luz Abejo.

The Court’s arrest warrant issued against prominent NPA leaders came following an order issued by Judge Medina on August 22, 2019, after finding probable cause that the “accused committed the offense as charged in the amended information.”

Based upon the order, there was no bail recommended for the 38 accused NPA leaders.

Based on estimates of former rebels and the victims’ relatives, the Inopacan massacre or mass purging, dubbed by the NPA as “Oplan Venereal Disease”, claimed the lives of about 300 residents in Leyte province.

Source: PNA

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