By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
As NDFP Chief Political Consultant, I know the following:
In the guerrilla fronts and other areas administered by the people’s democratic government of workers and peasants, political parties and candidates of all sorts have the right to campaign even in the elections conducted by the reactionary government of big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats.
Such a policy of the people’s government is upheld by the CPP, NPA and NDFP, the local organs of political power and the mass organizations. The Duterte regime and its military minions are lying when they say that the NPA uses the election campaign period to extort from political parties and candidates by demanding payments for the permit to campaign.
The parties and candidates do not pay for any permit to campaign. It is simply ministerial for the people’s government to allow them to campaign, provided they do not enter the territory of the people’s government with an armed force or sacks of money to buy votes.
Sometimes, political parties and candidates offer contributions or donations to the socioeconomic and health programs of the people’s government. It is purely voluntary for them to make such offers. The revolutionary movement rejects offers of sham help from malevolent forces who oppress and exploit the people.