World’s biggest anti-imperialist alliance holds assembly in Hong Kong

MANILA—The world’s biggest international anti-imperialist alliance is holding its sixth international assembly in Hong Kong vowing to win “a bright Socialist future for humanity” and uniting the peoples of the world “to fight and end imperialist war, racism, and Fascism.”

International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) vice chairperson Len Cooper of Australia noted that, despite obstacles, more than 425 delegates from 45 countries delegates succeeded in attending the assembly.

In his opening speech, Cooper said that from its inception in 2001, the ILPS has grown to become the world’s biggest and most effective international alliance engaged in anti-imperialist and democratic struggles.

First assembly keynote speaker Nilufer Koc of the Kurdistan National Congress commemorated martyrs “who offered their lives to realize the common goal of building a truly democratic and Socialist future.”

Koc also recognized the powerful role of women and the grassroots in defeating imperialism.

“Once you bring the people together, they are the biggest power for the revolution,” Koc said.

Second keynote speaker Pedro Rosas of Movimiento Gayones for his part expressed gratitude for the support Venezuelans have garnered in their fight against US imperialist aggression.

Rosas said that Venezuela does not need foreign charity but the international solidarity of all proletarians in the world to defeat imperialism.

Outgoing  ILPS Chairperson Jose Maria Sison called on the delegates to celebrate the achievements of the ILPS.

“[The ILPS is]…a reliable force of the people of the world in their struggle for greater freedom, democracy, social justice, all-around development and international solidarity against imperialism and all reaction,” Sison said.

Sison cited the global capitalist crisis that not only accelerates the US strategic decline but likewise, advances the resistance of the broad masses of the people. He described the “unprecedented barbarism” being perpetrated against the people through ceaseless wars of aggression, racism and fascism.

Sison cited the need to further expand the influence of the ILPS and strengthen the struggle against imperialism by forming an international anti-imperialist united front together with other progressive anti-imperialist forces around the world.

The assembly then approved a resolution appointing Sison as ILPS Chairperson Emeritus.

The assembly concludes on Friday, June 28. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

CPP holds 2nd congress; elects ‘younger’ Central Committee

THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) announced it has elected a new leadership in a congress held at a guerrilla zone last October 24 to November 7, electing a new and “younger” Central Committee and Political Bureau.

In a communiqué released today, the 48th founding anniversary of its New People’s Army, the CPP said its second congress was attended by 120 of its key cadres from all over the country.

“For the first time in nearly five decades, key leaders and cadres representing the Party’s close to seventy thousand members, were assembled to strengthen the Party’s unity, amend its program and constitution based on accumulated victories and lessons and elect a new set of leaders,” the CPP said.

The CPP said cadres from five Mindanao regions constituted around 45 per cent of the regional delegates while those from Luzon and the Visayas constituted 40 and 14 per cent respectively in reflection of the number of its regional memberships.

The other delegates represented the CPP’s central leading organs and its commissions, the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist group said.

“Guided by the theme ‘Greater unity, greater victories,’ the Party’s Second Congress took a long view of the Party’s 48 year history, took stock of the current objective and subjective conditions and reaffirmed the Party’s determination to advance the national democratic revolution to greater heights,” the CPP said.

The congress was guarded by a battalion-sized NPA fighters and supported by peasants and indigenous minority groups in the area, it added.

Read full communique HERE.

Updating its constitution and general program

The congress amended the 48-year old constitution written by Jose Maria Sison and his CPP co-founders, the communiqué announced.

The preamble containing the Party’s basic principles and analysis of Philippine society, its national democratic line for waging a revolution and socialist construction, the group’s history against revisionism, strategy and tactics for pursuing armed struggle, and establishing a people’s democratic government were amended, the CPP said.

New articles were also introduced to the old Party charter defining the party’s role in united front formations and struggles, enumeration of the economic classes in relation to party membership, as well as permission to allow foreigners to become CPP members.

The CPP now also allows members who have reached the age of 70 to retire from Party work without losing their membership.  They are also entitled to subsistence support and medical assistance, the communiqué said.

The Party’s updated general program called on all Filipino communists to “be ready to sacrifice their lives if necessary in the struggle to bring about a new Philippines that is completely independent, democratic, united, just and prosperous.”

To ensure the vigor and vibrancy of the Party, the congress also introduced a provision to its general program to ensure its new Central Committee shall have a balance of young, middle-aged and senior cadres.

‘Younger’ Central Committee

With 60 per cent of the delegates of age 45 to 59 years old, more than half of the newly-elected central committee members are from the young and middle-aged cadres of the Party, the communiqué said.

“(This is) ensuring that the Party leadership will remain vibrant, tightly-linked with the lower levels of leadership and capable of leading the practical work and day-to-day tasks of the Party, especially in waging revolutionary armed struggle against the reactionary state,” the CPP said.

“The combination of senior Party members with the young and junior Party cadres will ensure the ideological, political and organizational training of a new generation of Party leaders who will be at the helm of the Party in the coming years,” it added.

The CPP tasked its senior cadres to transfer knowledge and skills to their younger comrades “to help guide the present work of the younger generation of Party leaders.”

 Honoring ‘great communist Joma Sison’, heroes and martyrs

Congress delegates paid tribute to its founder Jose Maria Sison and all its martyrs in its nearly five decades of revolution that grew through the decades in spite of brutal anti-insurgency campaigns against its members and fighters by five Manila governments, including Ferdinand Marcos’ martial rule.

In a resolution, the CPP congress extolled Sison as a “great communist thinker, leader, teacher and guide of the Filipino proletariat and torch bearer of the international communist movement,” and recognized “his immense contribution to the Philippine revolution and the international working class movement.”

The CPP also it is resolved to continue seeking Sison’s counsel and take guidance from his insights on the ideological, political and organizational aspects of the Party’s work, endorsing his writings as basic reference and study material of the Party.

Sison founded the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 1968 in the tri-boundary of Alaminos, Bani and Mabini in the province of Pangasinan with 11 others: Monico Atienza, Rey Casipe, Leoncio Co, Manuel Collantes, Arthur Garcia, Herminigildo Garcia, Ruben Guevara, Art Pangilinan, Nilo Tayag, Fernando Tayag, Ibarra Tubianosa.  Jose Luneta was recognized as the 13th member who was elected to its first Central Committee in absentia as he was in China on party business.

The congress also honored all CPP heroes and martyrs “who served as models of selfless dedication and served the Party to their last breath.”

It also approved the official Filipino lyrics of the Internationale, the Party’s anthem. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)


Philippine National Artist pays tribute to Fidel Castro

Philippine National Artist Bienvenido “Bien” Lumbera pays tribute to Fidel Castro as a great anti-imperialist and socialist leader at the offering of candles and flowers in Quezon City on the eve of Castro’s interment.

Rita Baua of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) led the ceremonies attended by progressive leaders from the working class, health and education sectors. Read more

Filipino leaders pay tribute to Cuba’s Fidel Castro

Filipino activists signed a Book of Condolence as tribute to the late Cuban revolutionary and long-time president Fidel Castro in a special event at the University of the Philippines last December 1.

Louis Jalandoni of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), other peace consultants and progressive leaders led the special program, also participated in by Venezuelan Ambassador Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez.

It was organized by the Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association (Amistad), the Philippines Chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils), the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), the All U.P. Academic Employees Union and the Center for International Studies of the University of the Philippines.

Regarded as an exemplary socialist and revolutionary by the Philippine Left, Castro succumbed due to old age last week.

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