(SEPTEMBER 10, 2019) -The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief announced on Tuesday that they are seeking the help of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) for the arrest of communist leader Jose Maria Sison.
Director General Oscar Albayalde said the police, through the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC), is making representations with Interpol for the issuance of a Red Notice.
The Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a wanted person.
But aside from the Interpol’s Red Notice, the military is also requesting the Dutch government to strip Sison of his refugee status.
“So once nawala ‘yun at nabigyan tayo ng Red Notice then he can be arrested there,” said Albayalde.
The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 on August 29, 2019 issued an arrest warrant against Sison and 37 other members of the communist movement for 15 counts of murder.
Albayalde said Sison’s refugee status can be revoked by the Dutch government.
“Yung asylum naman can always be revoked. ‘Yun ang hinihingi natin sa Netherlands…especially so na yung mga taong ito na binibigyan ng asylum ay involved in murder, heinous crime,” said Albayalde.
Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is a recognized political refugee in The Netherlands and is protected by the Refugee Convention from deportation. (Katrina Ventura/JMF)