OPAPP Officer-in-Charge Rene Sarmiento does not know how to read Prof. Sison

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Chairperson, NDFP Human Rights Committee

Rene Sarmiento, officer in charge of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Peace Process, does not know how to read the July 28 press statement of NDFP Chief Consultant Prof. Jose Maria Sison… Prof. Sison is well known for advocating well-conceived and well-organized democratic mass actions of the people. He is not known for urging spontaneous actions of anarchy. But Rene Sarmiento chooses to misquote and misrepresent him.

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Chairperson, NDFP Human Rights Committee

Rene Sarmiento, officer in charge of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Peace Process, does not know how to read the July 28 press statement of NDFP Chief Consultant Prof. Jose Maria Sison.

It is clear that Prof. Sison is merely making an observation of people acting spontaneously when he makes the following comment:

“The people are so incensed by the high crimes of the Arroyo regime that they spontaneously demand the quickest ways to punish those in power or at least to demonstrate the inability of the regime to govern. If their demands and grievances continue unaddressed, we can expect spontaneous elements among the masses, especially the most oppressed and deprived, to start breaking the glass windows of the multinational firms and the pro-Arroyo big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats. We can also expect some of those in the middle class to start parking their cars at well-selected choke points and paralyzing every day the road traffic to and from the presidential palace.”

Where Prof. Sison urges the people to act, he declares the following:

“The broad united front and mass movement must stay the course in arousing and mobilizing people in their millions all over the country and in raising the level of mass actions to a new and higher level until Arroyo understands the message that her regime must end or else. The broad masses of the people can overthrow the Arroyo regime by asserting and exercising their democratic rights. The best sight we would like to see is countless people occupying all the streets leading to the presidential palace from as far as several kilometers away.”

Prof. Sison is well known for advocating well-conceived and well-organized democratic mass actions of the people. He is not known for urging spontaneous actions of anarchy. But Rene Sarmiento chooses to misquote and misrepresent him.

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