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Joma Sison, over 30 others ordered arrested

A Manila court has ordered the arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison and over 30 others for a multiple murder case that is over a decade old.

Issued last Aug. 28, the warrant of arrest is connected to a case for the 2006 discovery of a mass grave in Inopacan, Leyte that purportedly contained the bones of victims of the alleged purging by the New People's Army in the 1980s.

Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 recommended no bail for the accused.

Aside from Sison, who is on exile in the Netherlands, also ordered arrested for 15 counts of murder were Rodolfo Salas alias Ka Bilog, Leo Velasco, Jose Luneta, Geronimo Pasetes, Prudencio Calubid and Luis Jalandoni, a senior adviser of the Communist Party of the Philippines' political arm, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

The court also ordered the arrest of the following, according to the warrant:

  • Sarmiento Eduardo
  • Juliet Sison
  • Francisco Pascual, Jr.
  • Mil Lominion
  • Fortunato Felicilda
  • Benjamin Beringel
  • Quirino Quinawayan
  • Fernando Rachel
  • Pecario Sonana
  • Jesus Solayao
  • Lino Salazar
  • Alfredo Taladro
  • Tito Gabar
  • Muco Lubong
  • Felix Dumali
  • Ciriaca Malimot
  • Luzviminda Orillo
  • Anselmo Balduhesa
  • Alfredo Mabingay
  • Bertino Oroza
  • Bonifacio Padoc
  • Rodrigo Papiona
  • Prescillono Beringel
  • Anastacio Dorias
  • Fr. Nick Ruiz
  • Sammy Labarda
  • Charlie Fortaliza
  • Luis Villena
  • Rolando Caballera
  • Donata Lambrento
  • Luz Abejo

Former Bayan Muna congressman Satur Ocampo, NDF consultant Vicente Ladlad, and then-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas deputy secretary-general Randall Echanis are also among the accused in this case. Ocampo is out on bail. —KBK, GMA News