Jose Ma. Sison speaks in 2016 forum

Organizations, groups and individuals continue to express grief and pay homage to Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, founding chairperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), who died on December 16. Statements and testimonies recognized his contributions to the struggle of the Filipino people and his widespread influence as well on the global proletarian-socialist and anti-imperialist movement.

Elisabeth Dimitriev, Léo Frankel, Jaroslaw Dombrowki

Exemplary Communards of other nationalities who fought alongside their French comrades in the barricades included Elisabeth Dimitriev, a Russian, Léo Frankel, a Hungarian, and Jaroslaw Dombrowski, a Pole. Dimitriev and Frankel were members of the International, while Dombrowski was a veteran Narodnik revolutionary.

Marcos Arroyo Duterte

Protest tryptich art by the UGAT-LAHI visual arts group shows a powerful morphing image of three presidents of the Philippines particularly known for their brazenly savage support for military-sponsored killings: Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled as dictator from 1972 to 1986; Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who benefitted from a second People Power revolt to become president from 2001 to 2010 but likewise coddled butcher-generals; and incumbent Rodrigo Duterte, whose regime's own bloody record is said to have now reached the same proportions as that of Marcos in his 14 years of fascist dictatorship. The 49th anniversary of Marcos' declaration of martial law is being marked this year by various anti-fascist alliances, with focus on the unprecedented mass killings.

THIS WEEK’S MAIN STORY


THE FILIPINO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION IS INVINCIBLE

Since after the reestablishment of Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 1968 and the prompt founding of the New People’s Army on March 29, 1969, every reactionary regime of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system in the Philippines (from the time of Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. to the present) has adopted and implemented a strategic operational plan to destroy the Filipino people’s democratic revolution.

But each strategic ‘oplan’ has always utterly failed and instead resulted in the significant growth of the revolutionary movement. Marcos went to the extent of imposing a fascist dictatorship on the people from 1972 to 1986 on the pretext of suppressing the CPP and armed revolution, “save the republic and build a new society”. But his power grab merely stimulated and accelerated the all-round growth of the revolutionary movement nationwide. Ultimately, the armed revolution inspired and backed up the people’s mass uprisings in Metro Manila and nationwide in order to remove the fascist dictatorship from power.

The pseudo-liberal democratic regimes that followed the Marcos fascist dictatorship tried to combine their respective military strategic ‘oplans’ with tactics of deception, including offers of prolonged ceasefire and peace negotiations without addressing the roots of the armed conflict or civil war. Every reactionary regime has been obsessed with destroying the revolutionary movement and preserving the unjust ruling system of oppression and exploitation.

The Filipino people’s democratic revolution is invincible because it is just and necessary to fight for and achieve national liberation and democracy against the three evil forces of foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism in a rapidly rotting semi-colonial and semifeudal society. This new democratic revolution is a continuation of the old democratic revolution that was started in 1896 by the Katipunan and was victorious against Spanish colonial rule but was defeated by the US war of aggression that started in 1898. This time, the leading class in the revolution is no longer the liberal bourgeoisie but the proletariat in the era of modern imperialism and proletarian revolution.

So long as the aforesaid three evil forces dominate and afflict the Filipino nation, the ground remains fertile for the growth and advance of the people’s democratic revolution.

— By JOSE MA. SISON, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (quoted from his statement on the 54th CPP founding anniversary, written before his death on 16 December 2022)



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