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Palace refuses to comment on Joma’s latest ‘rants’

September 02, 2019 - Monday 1:09 PM by Jon Joaquin

Article Banner Image CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison (right) and then-Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza in a file photo during the opening ceremony of the formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Rome on January 19, 2017. TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Malacañang refused to comment on a series of statements made by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison on President Rodrigo Duterte’s stance towards China and the release of convicted prisoners who have accumulated Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).

“The Duterte presidency is so engrossed in its constitutional duty of serving and protecting the Filipino people that it has no time to waste in responding to the latest anti-Duterte statement of Jose Maria Sison,” Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said in terse statement released on Monday morning.

Panelo said the only statement Malacañang would give is that the statements are “another arrant raving and incorrigible ranting coming from an aging armchair passé rebel whose illusory vision has outsprinted the ticking hands of time.

Sison, in a statement in his website on August 31,  had called Duterte “a traitor and puppet” who had “accepted the false and aggressive claim of China over the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines in violation of Philippine sovereign rights.”

He cited a news report that said Duterte will no longer raise to Chinese President Xi Jinping the arbitral ruling favoring the Philippines in the claims on the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea.

This after Xi stood firm on his country’s rejection of the ruling during a meeting with Duterte last week.

In a second statement in his website, Sison blasted the administration for allegedly releasing 800 to 200 prisoners under the GCTA while refusing to release political prisoners.

“Because the Philippine reactionary government is run by the tyrant Duterte, militarist butchers and criminal gangsters, those imprisoned for heinous crimes, including murder, rape and drug trafficking, are being released in big numbers already estimated to be 800 to 2000,” Sison said.

“In sharp contrast, the tyrannical regime refuses to release the political prisoners and continues to accumulate them on trumped-up charges of common crimes,” he added.

Sison also slammed Duterte’s announcement last week “that he will unleash more trouble against critics and opponents of his terrorist regime.”

“Among the possible kinds of trouble expected from the evil regime is the intensification of red-tagging, fabrication of charges against critics and opponents, false flag operations, exemplary killings in urban areas and mass arrests,” Sison said.

“The tyrant is forcing the people to fight back the way they did heroically against the Marcos dictatorship,” headded.