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Pres. Duterte encourages sick CPP founder to return to the country, promises to pay for his hospitalization

  • Duterte is encouraging Jose Maria Sison to return to the Philippines
  • Duterte said Sison will have freedom of movement and will not be arrested
  • The President said Sison is sick and promised to pay the CPP founder’s hospitalization

President Rodrigo Duterte said Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines who is in self-exile in the Netherlands for almost 30 years, can come home to the Philippines and will not be arrested.

The President said during the 29th Annual National Convention of the League of Prosecutors in the Philippines held in Pampanga that he asked Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza and chief government negotiator Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III to tell Sison he can return to the Philippines and will not be arrested.

“Dureza and Bello called me. Sabi ko [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 have him arrested. I’ll even pay for his hospitalization kung gusto niya [if he wants],” the President said.

Sison, however, told ABS-CBN he is not yet ready to end his self-exile and leave the Netherlands. He said will come home at the right time.

Sison added that his health is good. “Okay na okay,” he said.