Court orders DOJ to summon Joma Sison over CPP-NPA case

MANILA, Philippines --- The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue a summons on Jose Maria "Joma" Sison, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), as part of the government's bid to declare CPP and New People's Army (NPA) as terrorist groups. In an order made public Tuesday, the Manila court accepted the amended petition by the DOJ, trimming down from more than 600 to only eight the individuals with direct links to the CPP-NPA. Manila RTC Branch 19 Presiding Judge Marlo A. Magdoza-Malagar said that, aside from Sison, Mindanao Commission Secretary Antonio Cabanatan was clearly identified with the CPP-NPA. ...

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