Robin Padilla clarified that there is no need for him to get in touch with Jose Maria “Joma” Sison about possible ceasefire between communist rebels and the government.
When asked if he had the chance to visit Sison during his recent trip to Netherlands, Robin said that a meet-up with Sison might happen once the latter’s peace talks with the government is in place.
Sison is the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF).
“Hahaha! Siguro hindi naman kami kailangang magkausap ni Ka Joma para i-encourage natin ang peace talks,” Robin said in an interview after the presscon for a global money transfer endorsement held at The Peninsula Manila, Thursday, July 7.
The actor further stated, “Napakalinaw naman ng posisyon ng NDF na eto na yung inaantay nila para mabago na talaga ang Pilipinas.
“Napakaganda nitong hakbang na ito [resumption of peace talks].
“Tsaka matagal na kaming nangangarap ni Ka Joma na mangyari.
“At siguro ngayong nangyayari na, magkikita na lang kami kapag nagkapirmahan na sila.”
Sison, who has been in exile in The Netherlands since 1987, is reportedly eyeing a “homecoming” to the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
Robin, for his part, cited recent reports that Sison’s return to the Philippines is hampered by the United States’ June 2 statement, tagging Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army (NPA) as “terrorists groups.”
He said, “Wala namang dahilan para hindi [Sison’s return to the Philippines].
“Huwag lang pigilan ng America. Kasi alam mo naman, nasa list ang CPP-NPA ng terrorist.
“Siyempre kapag lumabas na siya ng Netherlands, puwede na siyang hulihin.
“Yun ang mahirap dun. So, kailangan munang ma-lift yun.”