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Joma: ‘Duterte is best NPA recruiter’

National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison said President Rodrigo Duterte is “the best recruiter” for revolutionary movement, such as the New People’s Army (NPA).

In this interview, Sison replies to statements made by Armed Forces of the Philippines officers that the NPA is a spent force. (Contributed video by Urbano Guevarra)

Christmas ceasefires possible after ‘friendly’ back channel talks–Sison

Reciprocal unilateral ceasefires can be declared by both National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) forces and the Manila government during the Christmas season following successful “informal” talks between the NDFP and President Rodrigo Duterte’s envoys in The Netherlands last weekend.

NDFP chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison told Kodao in an online interview that they have proposed goodwill measures “in the spirit of Christmas and the New Year” during their meeting with labor secretary Silvestre Bello III and Hernani Braganza, Duterte’s envoys, last December 7 and 8.

The goodwill measures include the release on humanitarian grounds of sick and elderly political prisoners and the detained NDFP consultants as well as the declaration and implementation of reciprocal unilateral ceasefires, Sison said.

Sison said Bello promised to present the proposed measures with the President. Bello was supposed to have reported to Duterte Wednesday night.

 Sison added that another informal meeting may soon occur within the month to prepare for the formal meeting to resume the peace negotiations in the second or third week of January 2020 as Bello has earlier announced.

He said that such expectations are reasonable, “especially if the goodwill measures are carried out.”

A holiday truce, however, had been earlier opposed by the GRPs defense chief Delfin Lorenzana.

‘Peace saboteurs’

In a speech last December 9, Lorenzana rejected the idea of declaring a ceasefire with the New People’s Army (NPA) in the coming holidays.

“If there’s a ceasefire, the soldiers go back to their barracks because the operations are stopped. But the NPA are recruiting in the villages to increase their power,” Lorenzana said.

“Let us just not enter into a ceasefire,” Lorenzana said, adding there will be no let up in the conduct of intensified military operations against the NPA.

Sison slammed Lorenzana’s opposition to ceasefire declarations as “hostile and run counter to the wish of the GRP President and commander-in-chief to resume the peace negotiations.”

“The President should assert his political authority to overrule the militarists who wish to spoil or sabotage the efforts to resume the peace negotiations. Otherwise the peace negotiations cannot be resumed,” Sison said. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

Joma urges Duterte to undertake goodwill measures to revive talks

Goodwill measures from President Rodrigo Duterte may be the ticket for the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) to successfully revive formal peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), Jose Maria Sison said.

Invoking the spirit of yuletide, Sison said reciprocal unilateral ceasefires and the release of elderly and sickly political prisoners are good for the creation of a favorable atmosphere for peace negotiations.

“It is timely for the GRP and NDFP to celebrate with the Filipino people the season of Christmas and the New Year and to create the favorable atmosphere for peace negotiations by undertaking such goodwill measures,” Sison said.

Sison added that those who shall participate in the peace negotiations, obviously referring to jailed NDFP peace consultants, may be among those to be released early. 

The NDFP’s chief political consultant said the obstacles that ended the peace talks may be overcome by another reaffirmation of agreements forged between the parties since 1992.

These agreements, including The Hague Joint Declaration and the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees, outline the conduct and conditions of formal peace negotiations between the parties.

Successive GRP administrations, including Duterte’s, have sought to disregard the agreements in a repeated bid to convince NDFP negotiators to agree to hold the talks in the Philippines.

The NDFP, however, has consistently opposed the move as “dangerous”.

Sison said that he welcomes Duterte’s desire to resume the negotiations and instructions to former GRP chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III to visit and consult him in The Netherlands.

He proposes that the NDFP and Bello set the agenda and schedule for the negotiations and to “fulfill political, legal and security requirements.”

He said the GRP and NDFP negotiating panels can pursue further negotiations on the Interim Peace Agreement, with its three components pertaining to coordinated unilateral ceasefires, general amnesty and release of all political prisoners.

The three components had been approved and signed in the presence of Norwegian third-party facilitators after four rounds of backchannel talks in May and June 2018.

Duterte, however, ordered his negotiators to abandon the formal round scheduled for June 28 of that year. 

Sison also urged that the remaining sections of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development and National Industrialization and Economic Development that are still to be tackled be discussed once the talks resume. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

Duterte, Esperon preconditions may prevent talks resumption, Sison warns

The resumption of formal peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) may not happen if the Manila government insists it must be held in the Philippines, Jose Maria Sison warned.

Reacting to national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon’s declaration Friday, December 6, that Duterte wants the talks to be held in the country, Sison said the GRP is setting a precondition that is “unacceptable.”

“This precondition is totally unacceptable to the NDFP because it aims to put the NDFP and the entire peace negotiations in the pocket of the Duterte regime and under the control and surveillance of the bloodthirsty military and police who engage in mass murders and other heinous crimes with impunity,” Sison said in a statement Saturday.

Esperon told reporters at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City that the change in venue is a “minimum requirement.”

“Remember that even before the peace talks ceased, the President already said he wanted the venue of the peace talks to be here. So that is the minimum requirement,” Esperon said.

“There will be a declaration of a bilateral ceasefire that’s got rules, too. The NPA can’t be burning up construction equipment. They can’t be going about,” he added.

Sison slammed Esperon’s statements, however, saying the retired general is being “extremely arrogant and insulting” to the NDFP by declaring that it has no choice but to accept the resumption of peace negotiations in the Philippines.

Sison said Esperon issues such statements because he believes his own lie that the government has defeated the armed revolution led by the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.

Such declarations are fake news about fake community support projects, fake surrenders and fake encounters, Sison said.

“Esperon should not try to gain from cheap ephemeral psywar and spoil or sabotage the possibility of resuming the peace negotiations in a foreign neutral venue before the mutual approval of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms,” Sison explained.

“The aforementioned issuances of Duterte prevent peace negotiations anywhere in the universe if these are not overcome and repealed in conjunction with the reaffirmation of all agreements mutually approved by the GRP and NDFP since The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992,” he added.

Talks about the possible resumption of the stalled peace negotiations began when Duterte told reporters in Legazpi City last Thursday, December 5, that he is sending former GRP chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III to The Netherlands to talk to Sison.

Bello himself later said that backchannel talks have been ongoing since the GRP walked away from the negotiating table in 2017. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

NDFP to welcome Bello if Duterte sends him

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) said it would welcome Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) envoys if President Rodrigo Duterte sends them to Europe to try to revive the stalled peace talks between the parties.

Reacting to Duterte’s statement that he is sending labor secretary Silvestre Bello in a “last bid” to resume the negotiations, NDFP leaders said they will welcome Bello when he arrives.

“If Duterte wants to talk and takes the concrete steps about it, the NDFP has to consider seriously what he proposes. The NDFP has to be open to any possibility for the benefit of the Filipino people,” NDFP chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison told Kodao.

NDFP Negotiating Panel chairperson Fidel Agcaoili for his part told Kodao he welcomes the “desire of the GRP to resume peace negotiations” and that they “await the arrival of Sec. Bello and his team.”

In a situation briefing on the GRP’s response to Typhoon Tisoy in the Bicol Region last Thursday, December 5, Duterte said he is sending Bello to the Netherlands where the NDFP negotiators are based.

“He (Bello) should go there, talk to them. I cannot talk about it. Basta I’m sending him back to Sison and talk to him,” Duterte said.

Another turnaround

Duterte dissolved his government’s peace panel last March 18, firing Bello and fellow negotiators Hernani Braganza, Atty. Angela Librado-Trinidad, Atty. Rene Sarmiento and Atty. Antonio Arellano.

The GRP panel’s dissolution followed the replacement of Atty. Jesus Dureza as presidential peace adviser with retired army general Carlito Galvez and the intense implementation of Duterte’s counter-insurgency policy, highlighted by the successive arrests of NDFP peace consultants.

On November 23, 2017, Duterte signed Proclamation No. 360 declaring the termination of peace negotiations with the NDFP, followed closely by his signing on Dec. 5, 2017 of Proclamation 374 classifying NDFP allied organizations Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army as “terrorist organizations.”

In December 2018, Duterte signed Executive Order No. 70 directing the creation of a national task force to “end local communist armed conflict.”

On Dec. 5, 2017, the Chief Executive signed Proclamation 374, classifying the CPP and NPA as terror organizations because of the crimes they supposedly committed “against the Filipino people, against humanity, and against the law of the nations.”

The NDFP for its part has always blamed Duterte for the termination of formal negotiations, claiming it has always been open to “sincere efforts” to resume negotiations.

Sison clarified that the NDFP has never said that it will never talk to GRP under Duterte even after his termination of the peace talks.

“The NDFP has never said that it will never talk to GRP under Duterte even after his termination of the peace talks,” Sison told Kodao.

‘Last ditch’

Duterte said Thursday his decision to send Bello to Europe is his last ditch attempt to forge a peace deal with the NDFP.

“This is my last card. When I say my last card, my time is running out,” Duterte said.

He added that he is not reopening talks with the NDFP for the sake of the military or the police, “but for everybody.”

“The doors must be open always or there must be at least one channel if everything closes through which you can talk,” he said.

Duterte’s latest turnaround followed a statement made by Sison that he hopes Duterte may soon be “enlightened”.

“May Duterte be hit by lightning, like Saul on his way to Damascus. It could be the lightning of enlightenment,” Sison told Kodao in a recent exclusive interview published Wednesday, December 4. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

Joma says NDFP still open to talks

National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison said their group is still open to peace negotiations with the Rodrigo Duterte government.

In this exclusive interview, Sison said that despite all that the Government of the Republic of the Philippines did to the negotiations, he said he hopes Duterte may soon be “enlightened”.

“May Duterte be hit by lightning, like Saul on his way to Damascus. It could be the lightning of enlightenment,” Sison said. (Contributed by Urbano Guevarra)

NDFP expresses support to Pinoy athletes but calls for probes on SEAG mess

Even Liberation Philippines, the official newsletter of the underground revolutionary group National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), expressed support to Filipino athletes who have begun competing in the 30th South East Asian Games.

In a social media card posted on its Facebook page, Liberation encouraged the Filipino people to continue supporting the Filipino athlete amid allegations of corruption in the Philippine hosting of the biennial regional sports spectacle.

The image showed a triumphant looking female athlete holding up a Philippine flag.

Liberation Philippines image posted on the long-standing underground publication’s Facebook page.

“The Filipino people should continue to support the Filipino athlete. Their outrage is directed at the evil Duterte-Cayetano combine,” the long-lasting underground publication said, quoting a statement issued by NDFP chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison last November 25.

In one of his several reactions to the controversies surrounding the games’ hosting, Sison expressed disgust at the Philippine government’s “naked and shameless incompetence, waste and plunder of public funds in the mismanagement of the hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.”

‘Cayetano should resign’ 

Sison urged the entire Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), led by House of Representatives Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, to resign and be replaced by “a Filipino Olympian, a World Record holder or a Former National Athlete, with known administrative skills and with a competent team” who could “quickly assess the situation.”

Sison expressed confidence that the SEA Games can still be saved, adding, however, “it will require Herculean efforts and strong national unity that could only come from a high sense of patriotism and credible new leadership.”

He said Cayetano and his entire committee should all be investigated and prosecuted.

Cayetano for his part has repeatedly apologized for the problems besetting the hosting of the games, including unfinished venues, mismanagement of athletes’ accommodations and food, even allegations of overpriced installations and apparel.

He, however, blamed the Senate for the delay in the approval of the games’ budget, an allegation immediately refuted by his Senate counterpart Vicente Sotto III.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte also expressed anger at the fiascos surrounding the games.

“The blunders could have been avoided. Those are actually easy to address. That’s why the President is angry,” Panelo told reporters at the sidelines of the president’s trip in South Korea Tuesday, November 26. 

‘Plague afflicting Philippine sports’

In light of the government’s blame games, however, Sison said, “it is time to re-examine and finally end the corrupt bureaucrat capitalist rule of reactionary politicians, retired military generals and oligarchs in Philippine sports who thrive on stealing public funds.”

“They are the plague afflicting Philippine sports. Their corruption takes away from athletes the leadership roles, state funding and competent management of their national associations.,” Sison said.

“Left on their own and with adequate state and public support, our athletes can do better in looking after their own development and welfare than the likes of Cayetano,” he added.

Sison said that while it turns out the P50-million cauldron could be the most scandalous problem that arose from the games, investigations to be held may reach up to the highest office in government.

“[I]t should light up the paper trails of corruption, ineptitude and mismanagement that lead to and incriminate the Office of the President and the Office of the House Speaker,” Sison said. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

Itanong Mo Kay Prof: Hinggil sa Inopacan Case

Prof Sarah: Unang nilabas ng Philippine News Agency nito lang gabi Setyembre 5, 2019 ang bali-tang may court order para sa pag-aresto kay Jose Maria Sison, Juliet de Lima at 36 na iba pa dahil umano sa NPA purging. Umaabot sa 38 katao ang nasa nilabas na listahan na nilalaman ng court or-der nilabas noong August 22, 2019. Kasama natin si Prof Sison upang marinig ang kanyang panig.

Pagututuunan din natin ng talakayan ang laging bintang na purges na ginagamit ng mga kontra-rebolusyonaryo upang yurakan ang mga partido komunista, at halimbawa na rito ang rebolusyonar-yong si Joseph Stalin, ngayon naman gamit din ang linyang ito laban kay Prop Sison at Partido Komunista ng Plipinas. Aalamin din natin ang posibleng epekto nito status ni Prop.Sison sa Nether-lands bilang political refugee. Kasama natin muli ang Chair Emeritus ng Internatioanal League of Peoples’ Struggle Isang mainit dito sa Itanong Mo Kay Prof. Mainit na pagbati Prof Sison.

Prof Sison: Maalab na makabayang pagbati sa inyo Professor Sarah Raymundo at sa lahat ng ating kababayan.

Mga Tanong at Sagot:

Prof Sarah: 1. Prof. Sison, ito ba ang unang pagkakataon na magkaroon ng court order para sa paghuli sa inyo? At ano po ang naging reaksyon ninyo at ni Juliet de Lima rito? Maari ba kayong magbigay ng direktang tugon sa alegasyon?

Prof Sison: Ngayon pa lang namin nabalitaan na may court order para hulihin kami. Pero dati ko nang alam na ako ang No.1 accused sa pekeng kaso tungkol sa umano’y mass graves sa Inopacan.

Reaksyon namin ni Julie na kalokohan ang kaso dahil sa alegasyon na isa ako sa mga nag-utos sa inimbentong masaker. Nasa maximum security detention ako noong 1985 at nang nahuli ako noong 1977 nawalan na ako ng katungkulan sa CPP. Wala ako sa kalagayan at katayuan na mag-utos sa NPA Ginagawa ang arrest order para takutin ang mga akusado at iba pang tao.

Prof Sarah: 2. Tinutukoy ng balita ang court order na nagtutukoy sa 38 na kataong sangkot sa isang “purge” o ang pag-massacre sa 67 na umano’y biktima ng “Oplan Venereal Disease” ng New People’s Army sa Inopacan, Leyte. Mayroon daw mga mababaw na pinagbaunan o shallow graves na natagpuan noong August 28, 2006. Sa inyong pagkakaalam, mayroon nga bang ganoong Oplan na isinagawa ang NPA?

Prof Sison: Sa tingin ko, boladas lamang ang tinawag na Oplan Venereal Disease. Gawa-gawa ng military psywar. Ang katunayan, inimbento nina Norberto Gonzales at General Esperon ang pekeng kaso ng Inopakan/Hilongos. Si Esperon ang nag-ipon ng mga kalansay mula sa iba’t ibang sementeryo at ginamit na ebidensya sa iba’t ibang kaso. Kaya tinawag ang Inopacan case na case of “walking skeletons”.

Prof Sarah: 3. Alam niyo po ba kung bakit sa tagal ng umano’y pagkakatagpo nila sa mass grave ay ngayon lamang sila naglabas ng court order?

Prof Sison: Binabanat-banat ang kaso para i-harass at siraan ang mga akusado. Pinatatagal ng militar ang kaso sa pamamagitan ng pagprisinta ng napakaraming false witnesses. Halos dalawang dekada na linalabas ng militar ang pabrikasyon nila.

Noon pang 2007 nagpasiya na ang Supreme Court sa ilalim ni Chief Justice Reynaldo Puno na ibasura ang kaso at sinabi pa niyang dapat hindi i-prostitute ang tungkulin ng prosecution. Pero inamyenda ang paratang para buhayin ang patay na kaso.

Prof Sarah: 4. Ito po bang mass graves na ito ay siya ring ikinaso kina Ka Satur Ocampo at iba pa dati? Ano na po ang nangyari sa kaso na iyon? Kung ito rin iyon, maaari niyo bang ibahagi sa amin ang inyong nalalaman sa kasong ito ng gobyerno?

Prof Sison: Dati nang isinama sa Inopacan case si Satur. At nagkaroon siya ng bail dahil sa walang batayan ang paratang sa kanya.

Prof Sarah: 5. Pamilyar ba kayo sa mga pangalang nasa listahan ng court order? Sila bang lahat ay katulad niyo ring aktibista at matagal nang kritiko ng sistemang mapang-api at ng gobyerno?

Prof Sison: Hindi ako pamilyar sa lahat ng pangalan ng akusado. Pero alam kong ilan sa kanila ay nasa kulungan noong 1985 tulad nina Satur Ocampo at Vicente Ladlad. Ilan ang patay na sa mga akusado tulad ni Jose Luneta. At ilan ang desaparecido na dinukot ng militar, tulad nina Leo Velasco at Prudencio Calubid. Meron ding nasa abrod tulad ni Luis Jalandoni nong 1976 pa at hanggang ngayon.

Marami sa mga nasa list ay dating mga aktibista. Nais takutin ang mga ito at lahat ng aktibista. Ipinapakita ni Duterte na kaya niya ang anumang pangiggipit hanggang pamamaslang.

Prof Sarah: 6. Ano po ang epekto sa inyong katayuan bilang asylum seeker sa Netherlands? Maari po ba kayong hulihin mula riyan? Ano po ang mga proteksyon ninyo riyan?

Prof Sison: Walang extradition treaty sa pagitan ng Netherlands at Philippines. At may mga karapatan ako bilang recognized political refugee alinsunod sa Geneva Refugee Convention at European Convention on Human Rights.

Pinakamahalagang punto ay nasabi ko na. Nasa maximum security detention ako noong 1985 at bilang bilanggo, wala akong katungkulan na mag-utos sa CPP at NPA. Kayang-kaya ng mga abogado kong Olandes at Pilipino na supalpalin ang pekeng alegasyon.

Prof Sarah: 7. Prof. Joma, maram-rami na rin ang mga katulad ninyo mula sa iba’t-ibang bayan ang napilitang mangibang-bansa, ang nakararami sa mga kababayan natin ay mga OFW. Ang sa kaso niyo naman po ay tinatawag ng ilang experto na political refugee. Ito rin ba ang turing niyo sa sarili? May pinagkaiba ba ito political exile? Maaari niyo bang ipaliwanag sa amin kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng mga ito? Bakit po parami na nang parami ang mga political refugee sa mundo? Bakit po ganon na lang ang pagdedemonyo o paninira sa mga political refugee? May kaibigan o mga kakilala rin ba kayan mga political exiles? Ano naman po ang kaso at mga kosa nila?

Prof Sison: Ako’y political refugee na rekonosido ng pinakamataas na administrative court at ng gobierno mismo ng Netherlands alinsunod sa Geneva Refugee Convention. Hindi kailangan na political refugee ang political exile. Dumarami ang political refugees sa mundo dahil sa panggugulo ng US sa Middle East, Africa at marami pang ibang bansa.

Prof Sarah: 8.Sinasabi rin ng iilang kritiko ninyo na self-exile naman daw ang sa kaso ninyo, ibig sabihin ay sarili niyo lang naman ang boluntaryong umalis ng bansa. Ano po ba ang masasabi niyo rito?

Prof Sison: Hindi ako self-exile. Pang-insulto lang sa akin iyon ng aking mga kritiko. Nasabi ko na kung bakit ako ay naging political refugee. Napilitan akong mag-apply ng political asylum dahil kinansela ni Cory Aquino ang Philippine passport ko noong 1988 at pinagbantaan ako na hulihin ng militar kung umuwi ako dahil sa pekeng kaso ng subversion. Laging gumagawa ang militar ng pekeng kaso laban sa akin.

Prof Sarah: 9. Prof. Joma, ayon po sa mga eksperto sa literatura, ang inyo pong tulang “Sometimes, the Heart Yearns for Mangoes” o “Minsan, hinahanap-hanap ng puso ang mga mangga” ay tungkol sa danas ng mga exile na katulad ninyo. Kailan niyo po naisulat ang tula na iyon? Ano-ano po kaya ang mga alaala ninyo ng ating bayan na nagtulak sa inyong makapagsulat ng tula na iyon? At marami na rin ang gustong-gustong mabatid kung paborito niyo daw po bang prutas ang mangga?

Prof Sison: Sinulat ko ang “Sometimes the Heart Yearns for Mangoes” para sa isang poetry festival sa Netherlands noong 1994. Paminsan-minsan akong nahohomesick dahil sa inangbayan marami akong kasama, kaibigan at kamag-anak na inaala-ala ko . Pero laging panatag ang loob ko dahil sa proletaryong internasyonalista rin ako.

Talagang paborito kong prutas ang mangga dahil sa matamis at masarap kung hinog at pwedeng metaphor ng pag-ibig sa inangbayan dahil malapit ang hugis nito sa puso.

Prof Sarah: 10. Prof. Sison, paboritong linya ng mga kontra-rebolusyonaryo ang paratang ng “purges” o bayolenteng paglilinis ng mga rebolusyonaryong kilusan. Halimbawa, abot-abot ang pangdedemonyo kay Joseph Stalin ng Soviet Union dahil umano sa pinatupad niyang purging, at pilit na binubura ang katotohanang siya ang namuno sa matagumpay na pakikipaglaban ng mga sundalong komunista ng Unyong Sobyet sa mga nagaping pasista ng Nazi sa Germany na pinamunuan naman ni Hitler. Bakit po kaya pare-pareho ang linya ng paratang sa mga rebolusyonaryong kilusan?

Prof Sison: Totoong dinadakila ng mga rebolusyonaryo si Stalin dahil sa pagtatayo niya sa sistemang sosyalista sa Unyon Sobyet at paggapi sa pasismo. Sadyang sinisiraan ng mga kontrarebolusyonaryo ang mga pantas at lider na komunista para siraan na rin ang makatarungang layunin nilang baguhin ang marahas at mapagsamantalang naghaharing sistema ng malalaking kapitalista at panginoong maylupa.

Sa katotohanan ang sistema ng imperyalismo, pyudalismo at burukrata kapitalismo ang siyang marahas at mapanupil sa mga anakpawis. Para buwagin ang mga sistemang mapang-api at mapagsamantala, kinakailangang itumba ang mga ito ng mga mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng armadong pakikibaka.

Prof Sarah: 11. Bilang dalubhasa at iskolar ng mga rebolusyonaryong kilusan at mga kasaysayan ng mga ito, magari niyo po bang ipaliwanag sa amin ang umano’y purges ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas noong dekada 80? Mayroon nang lagom at komprehensibong dokumento hinggil dito ang PKP. Nagkaroon ba ang imbestigasyon ang PKP dito? 
Ano po ba ang ugat ng mga purge, kung totoo man ito, at ano po ang nangyari sa mga nagpatupad nito?

Prof Sison: Sa ilang taon ng dekadang 1980, may ilang kadre na nalihis sa linya at nagpalaganap ng maling linya ng militarismo. Nang pumalpak ito, tinakpan nila ang kanilang pananagutan at isinisi sa iba, na kanila ring pinarusahan. Sa kalaunan. Nagkaroon ng mga imbestigasyon at naging maliwanag ang kamalian at mga krimen ng mga talipandas.

Nagpasiya ang CPP noong 1992 na itakwil at ituwid ang kamalian at ikondena ang mga krimen ng mga lumihis sa tamang landas. Kung kaya nagkaroon ng dakilang kilusan sa pagwawasto. Ang mga prinsipal na maysala ay lumikas at pumunta sa panig ng kaaway.

Prof Sarah: 12. Ano po kaya ang motibasyon ng ganitong kilos ng korte at ng rehimeng Duterte? Isa po kayo sa pinakamantinding kritiko ni Duterte. Sa tingin niyo ba ay may kinalalman itong bagong kaso sa inyo sa inyong walang humpay na pagbabantay at pagsasapubliko ng kanyang mga kahinaan at katiwalian?

Totoong matindi ang galit ni Duterte sa akin dahil sa madalas kong pagpuna sa mga maling patakaran at kilos niya. Pero gusto niyang takutin ang lahat ng pumupuna at sumasalungat sa kanya. Gusto niyang takutin ang lahat nito dahil sa tuloy pa rin ang balak niyang magpataw ng pasistang diktadura sa bayan para makapagpatuloy siyang magnakaw at pumaslang nang walang hadlang.

Prof Sarah: 13. Panghuli, ano po ang inyong mensahe sa mga aktibista, kritiko at mga personahe sa oposisyon na patuloy ang pagpapahayag ng mga kabulukan ng rehimeng Duterte?

Prof Sison: Payo at panawagan ko sa mga aktibista, kritiko at mga oposisyonista: Huwag matakot, makibaka! Huwag magpasindak, ituloy ang laban. Ilantad pang lalo ang kabulukan at mga krimen ni Duterte at mga alipuris niya. Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino!

Prof Sarah: Maraming salamat Prof Sison sa napakayamang talakayan at pa matalas na pagpapaliwanag.

Prof Sison: Maraming salamat po sa inyo. Paalam at abangan ang susunod ng brodkas namin ni Prof. Sarah Raymundo.

Prof Sarah: Nabanggit na po ni Prof. Sison na walang ibang layunin ang gobyerno ni Duterte kundi takutin ang mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng pagmainobra sa batas at mga korte. Wala na po tayong ba pang nararapat na panawagan kundi ang magtiwala sa ating hanay, ipaglaban ang karapatan at manindigan sa kapakanan ng ating kapwa at bayan tulad ng mga magigiting na bayanıng Pilipino. Ito po si Sarah Raymundo, guro ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman at aktibista ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan na nananawagan din, Makibaka, huwag matakot!

On the proposal to revive the Anti-Subversion Law

By Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant

The proposal of General [Eduardo] Año, secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, is one more manifestation of the frenzied drive of the tyrannical [Rodrigo] Duterte regime to impose a thoroughgoing fascist dictatorship on the people in a vain attempt to end the armed revolutionary movement as well as the broad legal opposition through red-tagging, harassments, threats, abductions and murders.

In line with the Duterte tyranny, the most vicious and bloodthirsty officials who love to kill people to solve problems are enamored of the long-discredited Anti-Subversion Law because it provides for the death penalty, for the prejudgment of people on the basis of guilt by association and for the arbitrary listing of people as “communists” for the purpose of extortions and mass slaughter.

Contrary to the view of the chief suspect in the abduction and forced disappearance of the young activist Jonas Burgos, the revival of the Anti-Subversion Law will not eliminate the Communist Party of the Philippines and the people’s democratic revolution. It will only serve to further violate the national and democratic rights of the people and will thus incite the broad masses of the people to rise up.

The fundamental cause of the armed revolution in the Philippines is neither the existence of the Communist Party in the Philippines nor the communist ideas of Marxism-Leninism but the exploitation and oppression of the Filipino people by imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism in a semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system now lorded over by the tyrant and plunderer Duterte.

The revival of the Anti-Subversion Law can give further license to Duterte’s armed minions to violate human rights and can further embolden them to witch hunt, harass, threaten and kill those that they arbitrarily list as “communists” among the critics of the regime and the people in general. Such law can result in bigger mass murders than those perpetrated under Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Kapanatagan.

It must be recalled that the Anti-Subversion Law has long been discredited as an unjust and anti-democratic law by which anyone can be subjected to punishment on the basis of guilt by association, without the need to present evidence for the personal culpability of the accused for any crime.
Such law has long been condemned as a poison to the freedom of thought, expression and assembly.

Violations of democratic rights under the Anti-Subversion Law will drive more people to further oppose the regime and rise up in arms against it. Threatening to kill and actually killing people for their political ideas will compel them to act in a revolutionary way in order to get rid of the regime of terror that deprives them of the basic freedoms of thought, expression and assembly.

In my personal experience, red-tagging or anti-communist witch hunts under the Anti-Subversion Law of the past never deterred me from studying Marxism-Leninism and aspiring to become a communist. Whenever the great anti-imperialist and patriot Senator Claro Mayo Recto was castigated as a communist, I became even more inspired to study the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism and learn how to apply the theory on the concrete conditions of the Philippines.

When I became a student activist in the University of the Philippines in the late 1950s, I was never afraid of the death penalty under the Anti-Subversion Law but on the contrary this anti-democratic law challenged me to organize Marxist-Leninist circles for the noble and patriotic purpose of reestablishing the Communist Party and continuing the democratic revolution started by Andres Bonifacio and frustrated by the war of aggression launched by US imperialism in 1899.

When the anti-communist witch hunt was carried out by the Committee on Anti-Filipino Activities from 1959 to 1961 in order to suppress academic freedom with the use of the Anti-Subversion Law, we the students and teachers of the University of the Philippines stood up for academic freedom and all democratic rights. Ultimately, we organized the 5000 protesters that literally scuttled the anti-communist witch hunt on March 15, 1961. A major part of the demonstrators flooded into the CAFA [Committee on Anti-Filipino Activities] hearing hall and put a stop to the proceedings.

The Anti-Subversion Law did not stop the rise of Filipino proletarian revolutionaries and their mass work. They succeeded in rebuilding the Communist Party and carrying out the people’s democratic revolution through protracted people’s war. Fidel V. Ramos repealed the Anti-Subversion Law in 1992 after recognizing the failure of this anti-democratic law to stop the growth and advance of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the revolutionary movement, 

In the concrete semicolonial and semifeudal conditions of the Philippines, the Filipino communists are of the view that neither socialism or communism is the current issue. Thus, they have excelled at leading the people’s democratic revolution, which strives to realize full national sovereignty, democracy, social justice, economic development through national industrialization and genuine land reform, a patriotic, scientific and mass culture and international solidarity and cooperation of peoples for peace and all-round progress. #

Itanong Mo Kay Prof: Walang Tigil na Pamamaslang sa Negros

Panayam kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chair Emeritus ng International League of People’s Struggle, ni Prof. Sarah Raymundo hinggil sa extra-judicial killings sa isla ng Negros. Sa kasalukuyan ay mayroon nang 87 ang napatay sa isla simula ng maupo sa Malacanang si Pangulong Duterte.