Joma to Digong: You do not dictate on me

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison rebuffed President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge for him to go home and continue his fight in the country.

“I do not have to prove again that I have the revolutionary will and courage to wage armed struggle against oppression,” Sison said, adding he surpasses the field record of many officers in the “reactionary military.”

Duterte continued his verbal attacks against Sison telling his former professor, “If you are truly a revolutionary leader…come home and fight here.”

“Your people here, your NPA (New People’s Army) members, have been dying, losing their husbands. (They) have not even seen Sison. (Their) leader is a coward. Is there a leader who just rest(s) in Utrecht?” Duterte said in a media interview after visiting the wake of the six police officers killed in an ambush in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Sison retorted he was an active part of the people’s war against the Marcos regime for nine years, 1969 to 1977 and then went to fascist prison for another nine years.

Sison is said to be among those who suffered the worst kinds of torture by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) under the Marcos dictatorship.

“I surpass the field record of many reactionary military officers who are in the field for a few years until they are assigned desk jobs and then retire at the age of 56,” Sison said.

Sison, also the chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), said he will return to the Philippines to “fight the Duterte puppet regime of US imperialism” if deemed necessary by the revolutionary movement.

“That means surmounting my being in the same old age bracket as Duterte and evading the constant surveillance by the US, Dutch, European and Philippine reactionary intelligence agencies,” Sison said.

“At any rate, I must remind Duterte that we are well past the age of retirement in the NPA and AFP,” he added.

“At his ripe old age of 72, he should not try to project an image of being a strutting young fighter at my expense,” Sison further said.

The CPP founder said he chooses the battlefield where he fights and the types of battles the wages, adding these cannot be dictated by Duterte.

“The way he continues to talk he really hates to engage in peace negotiations with the NDFP. He should sober up and allow his negotiating panel to seriously negotiate with the NDFP negotiating panel and make agreements on social, economic and political reforms that lay the basis of a just and lasting peace for the benefit of the Filipino people,” Sison said. # (Raymund B. Villanueva/Photo by Jon Bustamante)

Ilocos Sur wants Joma to grace bicentennial celebs next year

The Provincial Board of Ilocos Sur Province invited National Democratic Front of the Philippines (GRP) Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison to grace the province’s bicentennial celebrations on February 2018.

In a resolution authored by Vice Governor Jerry Singson, seconded by member Pablito Sanidad Jr. and unanimously approved by other members last May 8, the board “humbly appeal(ed)” to Sison to “return to his home province and grace the Bicentennial Celebration of Ilocos Sur on February 2018.”

Sison was born and raised in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

“Being an extraordinary teacher, exceptional educator, renowned international lecturer and award-winning poet and writer, he is highly-acknowledged by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur as a product of the province that carries the most beautiful mind that can influence diverse communities,” the resolution said.

Sison “deserves the most special seat in the chronicles of Ilocos Sur over the past 200 years,” it added.

The resolution also cited Sison’s experience as a youth leader and labor and land reform activist as well as founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

“In 1986, he was recognized as one of the outstanding 200 Marxist theoreticians and revolutionary leaders since 1848 (by the) Biographical Dictionary of Marxism edited by Robert A. Gorman in London,” the resolution said.

The resolution also offered Ilocos Sur’s Bicentennial Celebrations as a possible venue for the signing of a peace agreement between the NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), citing government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III’s own roots in Santa town.

“Considering the same Ilocano blood flowing from (Sison and Bello)…the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur opens its doors for a historic opportunity of unification on the occasion of Ilocos Sur’s Bicentennial Anniversary Celebration,” the resolution said.

In his reply to the board, Sison said he is grateful and honored by the formal invitation.

“Please convey to Vice Governor Jerry Singson and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan my high respect and deep gratitude for the honor and appeal in the resolution,” Sison told Ilocos Sur Board Secretary Marlon Flavier Tagorda.

“In principle I accept the appeal.  We can consequently cooperate in realizing my return to our beloved province,” Sison said.

Previously, Sison signified interest in returning to the Philippines if he is named as a National Artist or when the NDFP and the GRP sign a final peace agreement.

GRP President Rodrigo Duterte has also repeatedly invited Sison to return home.

The Corazon Aquino government cancelled Sison’s GRP-issued passport in 1987 while he was on a lecture tour of European universities. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

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