When I got home today, I was told by my brother who scans other peoples' blogs for fun (I don't, its too deppressing, its like posing the question "Is that it? Millions of years of evolution and that is it?") that he came upon a few blogs engaging in Joma Sison-bashing.
Since every piece of black propaganda is essentially a structure of misinformation built upon a tiny foundation (or base) of truth, allow me to build a structure of actual information.
First, Professor Sison is not having the time of his life in the Netherlands. In 1988, his passport was cancelled by the Aquino government while he was on a speaking tour in Europe. This left him unable to go him back to the Philippines, unlike what most people think that he can come home at will. Also, this left him unable to leave the country where he was last located. Thus, he became exiled in the Netherlands.
Ever since he was included in the European Union's "terrorist list", his bank account and all financial assets have been frozen. He has also been forbidden to apply for any job in the Netherlands. And he has been unable to apply to be a recipient of the "welfare subsidies" that nations like the Netherlands gives to its unemployed. This fact has been explicitly explained by Former U.S Attorney General Ramsay Clark. It is thus impossible to conceive Sison as "partying" in Europe.
Second, if one reviews his legal history, one would immediately dismiss , at face value, the reasons for Sison's arrest. In this year alone, the European Union's Court of First Instance (equivalent to a Court of Appeals, but higher than any EU member-country's Supreme Court) dismissed all criminal charges against him lodged in any EU court. In July of this year also, the Supreme Court junked the rebellion case against him and 49 other Leftist leaders (including the Batasan 6). If we go back to 1980s, it was in 1986 when the Supreme Court junked the rebellion and subversion cases against Sison that were filed by the military. It was in 1988 when the Dept. of Justice issued a certification that Sison was no longer facing any cases in the Philippines.
So where is the legal justification for Joma's arrest? It can't be the same laughable excuse used against Satur Ocampo, for like Ocampo, Sison was in prison when the so-called communist purges occured. Unless of course Sison could hold meetings with the Communist party leadership in maximum security detention in Fort Bonifacio, or he was psychic.
If it was the assassination of Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara, the blame can definitely not be laid on Sison's doorstep, if for the sake of accuracy. Its like blaming the U.S Ambassador to our country for the Iraq war, just because he is the most visible U.S gov't representative in our country. Professor Sison is one of the negotiators of the NDF in its peace talks with the GRP (Gov't of the Republic of the Philippines). He is also the chairperson of the ILPS (International League of Peoples' Struggles), a global anti-imperialist alliance. In leftist parlance, he is part of the "aboveground" or legal part of the Philippine Left which engages in legal activities. There is no way the other members of the ILPS would work with Sison if he was involved in any way with the Kintanar and Tabara assasinations.
If there is anyone to be blamed for that, one need no look further than the New People's Army. The NPA claimed responsibility for the assassinations even before the corpses could be buried. The claim that Sison is guilty as the head of the CPP (which in turn, heads the NPA) is arrant nonsense because if he was, his arrest would already have lead to strategic collapse in the CPP-NPA-NDF.
Finally, I can only look at the context of those blog writers. It did not surprise me one bit when I discover that these writers are also those who support Tuition and Other Fee Increases, the intensified exploitation of foreign corporations of our natural resources, and show a double standard when it comes to the violation of the rights' of UP students (yes, they get all sanctimonious with the death of Cris Mendez, but show indifference to Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, showing that if you're a Leftist, its ok for them if you get killed). In short, I can only express regret how certain people, under the cloak of "freedom of speech" propagate the most malicious of the Arroyo Regime's propaganda.