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CPP denies rumors of Joma return, NPA integration to AFP

The Communist Party of the Philippines on Saturday belied rumors that its founding chairman Jose Maria  "Joma" Sison is due to return to the country.

In a statement, the CPP also branded as baseless and ridiculous claims that its armed wing New People's Army (NPA) will be integrated into the military.

"Information from supposed military sources that there are negotiations for the integration of NPA Red fighters into the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)...  and offers for NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) chief political consultant Jose Ma. Sison to join President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet are completely baseless and ridiculous," it said.

The CPP was referring to newspaper reports that the government may be planning a Cabinet post for Sison, now in self-exile in The Netherlands.

A report on Manila Standard Today quoted a "military insider" who said Sison would be home soon on the invite of the government with the promise of a Cabinet post.

But it also cited information that some anti-Aquino elements identified with the "previous regime" are trying to sow dissension among military officers "by circulating false and incredulous claims that the ruling Aquino clique is leaning towards the side of the CPP-led revolutionary forces."

"Obviously, the objective is to consolidate their camp inside the AFP as a foil to repulse the legal, political and economic maneuvers of the ruling Aquino clique to undermine its rivals. Another further objective is to push the Aquino regime to drop its pretensions of peace negotiations with the NDFP and its human rights rhetorics," the CPP said.

It said such rumor-mongering "marks the further worsening of the factional strife among the rival political cliques."

"These political rivalries weaken the entire ruling system and are advantageous to the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces," it said. 
— LBG, GMA News
January 22, 2012 7:44am
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