The Regional Trial Court Branch 32 in Manila thru Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina has issued the Warrant of Arrest against Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairperson Jose Maria “Joma” Sison and 37 others including rebel group leaders and members over the so-called Inopacan massacre in Leyte in the 1980s where hundreds of victims were killed in a mass execution perpetrated by the New People’s Army (NPA).

Charges were filed in 2006 after the skeletal remains of 67 victims were exhumed from shallow graves in Subang Daku Village, Inopacan town, Leyte on August 28, 2006.

Based on estimates of former rebels and the victims’ relatives, the Inopacan massacre or mass purging, dubbed by the NPA as “Oplan Venereal Disease”, claimed the lives of about 300 residents in Leyte province on suspicion of having ties with the military.

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