January 28, 2017
STATEMENT OF SEN. PANGILINAN ON GOV'T CALL TO REMOVE JOMA SISON FROM TERROR LIST
We support the Duterte administration's call to remove the name of Jose Ma. "Joma" Sison, founding chairperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), from the United States' list of international terrorists.
This de-listing would pave the way for his return to the Philippines and a swift resolution in the peace talks. This move is a gesture of the government's good faith to ending the long-standing armed conflict between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF (National Democratic Front).
We also laud the two parties in continuing the peace negotiations despite possible complications, including a recent firefight between government forces and the New People's Army (NPA).
The decades-long hostilities plaguing our nation have cost countless lives and the country's progress. We would love to see the day that all Filipinos, regardless of political beliefs, become united as one people. It is time for our nation to heal and have peace.
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