"The District Court established that these serious offenses have been committed in the Philippines and relate to disagreements inside the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and that the decision to commit these murders was taken within the party structure of the CPP," the press release said.I wonder what the Dutch word actually was that got "roughly translated" as marksmen? Well I used an online English-to-Dutch Translator to find out the Dutch word that translates into marksmen. It's "Scherpschutters"
"Furthermore, the Court recognized that there are many indications in the files which support the point of view that the accused is still playing a leading role in the Central Committee [CC] of the CPP as well as in the military branch of the CPP, the New People's Army (NPA)," it added.
The court also said that: "The files pertaining to the accused do not include indications that Sison, while in the Netherlands, committed the offenses he is charged with in deliberate and close co-operation with the perpetrators in the Philippines."
It added that the Sison's files do not contain information that he incited others to commit serious offenses according to the accusations.
The court also believed that the presumptions that Sison ordered the assassinations of his two former comrades as stated by the widows and alleged triggermen “were insufficiently concrete”.
“The statements of the widows and the marksmen, to which the [Dutch] Public Prosecution Service appeals, only refer to the fact that they assume that the murders have been committed by order of the CC of the CPP and therefore an order originating from the accused being the chairman,” said the court decision.
Did sharpshooters testify along with the widows?
Buenafe's report continues..
Case won't be droppedRICKY CARANDANG of ABSCBN News also interviewed Rep. Satur Ocampo of the militant party list organization Bayan. Here was a curious revelation from Satur Ocampo after Ricky Carandang asked him why the Left has been questioning the Dutch handling of Mr. Sison's arrest and detention and weren't they better off just working within the Dutch legal system to defend Mr. Sison? Satur did an awful low of hemming and hawing before he couldn't seem to blurt or spit out the words "...WAR CRIMES ..."
Meanwhile, de Bruin said that the Prosecution will appeal the Court's decision.
“The investigation will be continued. And Mr. Sison is still a suspect and Prosecutor's office will appeal the decision of the court this morning," de Bruin said.
De Bruin said that the charges are not being dropped.
"The court thought there was not enough [evidence] to keep Mr. Sison in custody," de Bruin said.
Sison's release from detention followed a related report that he will remain in solitary confinement in the Netherlands for another 90 days.
Is Jose Maria Sison under investigation by the Dutch authorities for war crimes or crimes against the Dutch anti terrorism laws?
I must say that Ricky Carandang asked a well-conceived question for such a slippery-eel like Satur Ocampo when it comes straight answers. In this part of the interview RC gently pins down Satur Ocampo with what is really a test of moral consistency to which Satur --rolled out a long stemwinder of international humanitarian gobbledygook in answer to Ricky's simple question: why aren't the militant leftists as outraged over the deaths of Tabara and Kintanar as they are about alleged activist killings? Why indeed would Renato Reyes say that the pair were "enemy combatants" (and therefore they deserved to be murdered?) Give a listen to how journalistic surgery is done on a professional propagandist like Satur Ocampo:
Satur Ocampo cannot explain why the militant leftists and he are not outraged over the deaths of Tabara and Kintanar.
What exactly did he say?? Satur Ocampo just did a really good impression of Michael Dukakis didn't he? Well, at least Satur Ocampo is here in the Philippines fightging the Parliamentary Struggle and participating in the House of Representatives. Hope he'll be doing it more for real.
I think that the end of the Maoist insurgency in the Philippines would result in a tremendous economic upliftment for the country . A surge of toursists and foreign investments could immediately be expected, but even more importantly, domestic economic forces would be freed of the NPA's extortion, revolutionary tax collection, permits to campaign, cell site bombings and other organized criminal activities that have abnormalized the situation wherever they operate, and therefore stunt and depress the local economies, impoverish and beggar the common people.