Close  

Duterte: Joma is ‘very sick’

/ 01:06 AM April 07, 2017
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison and President Rodrigo Duterte. FILE PHOTOS

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison and President Rodrigo Duterte. FILE PHOTOS

President Duterte said Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison was “very sick” and would be allowed to return to the Philippines for treatment and live as a free man.

Mr. Duterte on Wednesday said he had told government peace negotiators holding talks with representatives of the communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the Netherlands to tell Sison that the government would not put him behind bars.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I said, ‘You tell Sison, because he’s sick, very sick, he can come home.’ I’ll give him freedom of movement. I will not arrest him. I’ll even pay for his hospitalization,” Mr. Duterte said in a speech to a gathering of the Prosecutors’ League of the Philippines in Clark, Pampanga province.

A Philippine government broadcaster in the Netherlands who covered the talks and the signing of an agreement to forge a joint interim ceasefire noted that Sison appeared sick and immediately left after signing the document as a consultant to the NDFP in the talks.

Mr. Duterte did not elaborate on the illness of the 78-year-old Sison, his former college professor who lives in exile in the Netherlands.

RELATED VIDEO

[ventuno id=’OTE2NjA3fHwyMzY4fHwxMDg2fHwxLDIsMQ==’][/ventuno]

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Communist Party of the Philippines, Jose Maria Sison, Philippine news updates, President Duterte
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Pregnant woman busted for drugs in Quezon City

September 18, 2019 02:36 PM

newsinfo

Bali-Perth flight diverted to save passenger’s life

September 18, 2019 02:33 PM

lifestyle

Music video review: Charli XCX’s ‘2099’

September 18, 2019 02:30 PM

business

Realty firm expands in Bacolod with 3 projects

September 18, 2019 02:21 PM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.