‘Joma needs psychiatric help’

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Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison should be consulting a professional psychiatrist to treat his hallucinations over “reports” that the military is planning to assassinate him, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Eduardo Año.

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“I believe Sison needs professional psychiatric help to treat his hallucinations. His statement is another figment of his imagination,” Año said in a statement on Wednesday.

This was his response to the latest statement released by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) citing AFP sources that the military is plotting the assassination of Sison as well as the overthrow of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.

The communist leader said he believes the NDFP statement.

Sison added that he has been receiving “same reports” from similar sources for weeks already.

“If I remember it right, that was also his story back in 1999 during the time of President [Joseph] Estrada [1998-2001] when he also alleged that a hit team was sent to The Netherlands,” Año said.

Sison has been on self-exile in The Netherlands for almost three decades.

Ano said the supposed assassination team was sent by Estrada himself and then-Philippine National Police chief Panfilo Lacson.

He added that Estrada and Lacson, according to Sison in 1999, were using former members of the communist hitmen group Alex Bongcayao Brigade and the rejectionist faction of the CPP to go after the communist leader.

“Exactly the same plot as narrated by Sison. Sison is not only a criminal and master of deception but a congenital liar,” Año said.

It was the nth time for the AFP chief to exchange tirades with Sison.

The CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army, has been launching attacks against soldiers in the countryside, prompting the President and Presidential Peace Process Adviser Jesus Dureza to cancel the fifth round of peace talks with the NDFP.

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