SOCIALIST PARTY OF THE NETHERLANDS
RAISES QUESTIONS IN DUTCH PARLIAMENT
ON THE FREEZING OF CPP/NPA ACCOUNTS
AND THOSE OF PROFESSOR JOSE MARIA SISON
On 13 August 2002, Parliament Member Jan De Wit of the Socialist
Party raised questions in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament
regarding the reported freezing of bank accounts of Philippine
opposition organizations and persons staying in The Netherlands.
His questions were addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The following are the questions Mr. De Wit raised [translated
unofficially from the Dutch original]:
Is it true that you have ordered the freezing of bank accounts
of Philippine opposition organizations and persons staying in
The Netherlands (1)? If so, which organizations and persons does
it (the order) refer to?
Press reports give notice that you have done it on the basis of
an American request. Is that true? What were the American arguments?
Has the CPP-NPA carried out “actions against the American
people”, as it is stated in the press reports? Which actions,
where and when, are meant?
Has The Netherlands made an independent investigation on the accusations
of terrorism of these organizations and prsons? If os, since when
and in what manner?
Which considerations were decisive for you in your decision?
Is it true that the Philippines does not have an anti-terrorism
law and has no official definition of terrorism in the light of
this, and if so how can you judge that fact in the light of the
Is it true that the CPP-NDF are negotiating partners of the Philippine
Has the Philippine government asked for the extradition of persons
suspected of terrorism? If so, who are referred to by it (the
If it concerns Jose Sison, are there indications that the situation
since 1997 has changed, when he got a permit to stay? If so, on
Footnote 1: Teletekst, 13 August 2002