President Rodrigo Duterte underscores his offer for the safe return of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison to the Philippines stays.
On Tuesday, Duterte said the offer still stands and he would still allow Sison go back to the Philippines if he wants.
“My offer to Sison stands. He can come here in peace. I will guarantee safety,” Duterte said, adding that he would even underwrite for Joma’s hospitalization.
“Hindi ko siya aarestuhin (I will not arrest him),” Duterte said.
In April, this year, Duterte offered Sison to come home citing his serious medical condition. Duterte also committed to allow Sison freedom of movement while in the Philippines. Sison, who was Duterte’s ex-professor, has been in exile in The Netherlands since 1987.
“Pag ang tao may sakit tapos wala na (If a person is sick)…it’s not good to be oppressive, kulung-kulungin mo pa…ipagamot mo na lang (then why confine him…you just let him have medical treatment),” Duterte said.
“We do not fight people who are helpless, not healthy anymore. It ain’t that way, it’s not,” he said.
The new round of peace negotiation between the Philippine Government and the CPP’s political wing – National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will take place on May 27 to June 1 in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Ayan C. Mellejor