LIST: PH gov’t identifies Joma Sison, 18 others as terrorists

MANILA, Philippines – Nineteen alleged leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) including founder Jose Maria Sison were designated as terrorists by the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) in a resolution signed April 21 but published only on Thursday, May 13.

The alleged leaders as well as members of the Central Committee of CPP included in the list are Sison’s wife Juileta Sison, Rafael Baylosis, Vicente Ladlad, Rey Casambre, Adelberto Silva, Wilma and Benito Tiamzon, and Jorge Madlos.

Joma Sison

"The Central Committee is the highest decision- and policy-making body of the CPP and also leads and commands the NPA, its main weapon in attaining the Party's goal of overthrowing the duly elected government by seizing and consolidating political power through violent means,” ATC said in a press release.

ATC’s allegation against the CPP Central Committee members violating several sections of the Anti-Terrorism Law “for planning, preparing, facilitating, conspiring, and inciting the commission of terrorism and recruitment to and membership in a terrorist organization” is based on “verified” and “validated” information. The council did not cite evidence or bases for the designation.

Sison, who is currently in self-exile in The Netherlands, released a statement regarding the designation. The CPP founder believes that the list is “arbitrary, dubious and even contradictory or inconsistent”.

“Moreover, it includes mostly publicly known political consultants of the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) negotiating panel in the peace negotiations with the Manila government who are all entitled to the protection of the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement of Safety and Immunity Guarantees(JASIG) and other binding bilateral agreements,” Sison expained.

Aside from the members of the CPP, 10 members of "local terrorist groups" such as the the Abu Sayyaf Group, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Daulah Islamiyah were designated terrorists by the ATC in a separate resolution.

Check out the full list here:

ATC Resolution No 17 2021 by TheSummitExpress on Scribd

Individuals designated as terrorist may request for delisting and file it before the ATC within 15 days from the publication of designation.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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