The Philippine National Police (PNP), through the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, has asked the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to issue a red notice for the arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison so that he may face trial in the Philippines.
PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde noted on Tuesday, Sept. 10, that Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 issued an arrest warrant against Sison and 37 others for murder charges.
Albayalde said that Sison continues to exercise command and control over the New People’s Army, the military arm of CPP, while in self-exile in Utrecht, The Netherlands with his wife and co-accused Juliet De Lima Sison.
“The other accused remain at-large elsewhere,” the PNP Chief said in a press briefing.
“The legal basis for an INTERPOL Red Notice is an Arrest Warrant or Court Order issued by judicial authorities in a country. Many of INTERPOLs member countries consider a Red Notice to be a valid request for provisional arrest,” Albayalde added.
The police official also said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is already working to have the Dutch Government revoke the political asylum given to Sison so that he can be arrested.
“Once na nawala iyon (political asylum) and we have the red notice, then he can be arrested there,” said Albayalde, who stressed that the communist leader is being apprehended for a heinous crime.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Sison downplayed the possibility that INTERPOL will arrest him. He stressed that he is a recognized political refugee and is protected by the Refugee Convention and by the European Convention on Human Rights.
The communist leader also noted that the Philippines and the Netherlands do not have an extradition treaty.
“Duterte and his military nincompoops are just doing psywar about something that they do not know anything about. They merely expose their ignorance of international law by repeatedly yakking that I am subject to extradition by Interpol,” Sison said.
The CPP founder also insisted that the charges against him are invalid and will not pass the test of due process in The Netherlands.
“I have my rights to be informed of the charge, to have counsel and to ask for judicial review. My lawyers can easily debunk the charge which refers to a fabricated incident in 1985. I was then under maximum security detention and had no authority in the CPP and NPA,” he said.
“My points here are sustained by previous court decisions in the Netherlands at the highest level of the judicial system,” Sison added.