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PNP asks Interpol to issue Red Notice vs Sison

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is asking the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to issue a Red Notice against Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison in order to expedite his arrest over charges of multiple murder in the Philippines.

A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement units worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender or similar legal action.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said the military is also working on the revocation of the political asylum extended to Sison by the government of Netherlands.

“Asylum can always be revoked, this is what we are asking from the Netherlands. They are giving asylum to people are involved in heinous crime,” Albayalde said, referring to the group of Sison.

“They are not considered as persecuted politically,” he added.

Albayalde said they are now coordinating with the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC) to start the process against Sison who is currently on self-exile in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The PCTC is the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in the Philippines.

“It is in the Netherlands where he continues to exercise command and control of the New People's Army, the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines under the umbrella of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines that is waging a terrorist campaign in some parts of the Philippines,” said Albayalde.

“His wife and co-accused Juliet de Lima Sison is with him in the Netherlands,” he added.

On August 28, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina issued an arrest warrant against Sison, his wife Juliet, National Democratic Front (NDF) senior adviser Luis Jalandoni and 35 over their alleged involvement in the murder of several people who were found in a mass grave in Inopacan, Leyte in 2006.

Medina has recommended no bail against the accused.

“The legal basis for an Interpol Red Notice is an Arrest Warrant or Court Order issued by judicial authorities in a country. Many of Interpol’s member countries consider a Red Notice to be a valid request for provisional arrest,” said Albayalde. (SunStar Philippines)


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