Prelate opposes Joma's reported return

January 26, 2012 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 26 — A ranking Catholic prelate has expressed opposition on the reported return to the country of exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison as part of government efforts to end the decades-old communist rebellion.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, a former military ordinariate, said Sison's return would bring harm and problems to the country.

He said the military, which has sacrificed lives of men in fighting the movement, would oppose the communist leader's return.

“Maraming magagalit d'yan. Una sa Hukbong Sandatahan sapagkat marami ang nangamatay bunga ng movement ng mga NPA," he said.

Arguelles said if talks of Sison's return are true, he should face charges against him.

"Sakali mang umuwi si Joma, hindi naman masama yun, pero dapat muna niyang harapin ang anumang accusations laban sa kanya. Pero yung bigyan siya ng trabaho ng gobyerno na marangal ay baka masamang signal ang sinasabi niyan doon sa mga naghirap doon sa awayan," he said.

Earlier, reports have surfaced that Sison is coming home upon the invitation of the Aquino administration.

Sison is based in the Netherlands where he is in self-exile. (PNA) DCT/jmc/utb

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