Liberation International is a publication of the International Information Office of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

On the US-Aquino regime, peace and revolution

Interview with Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
Chief Political Consultant, NDFP Negotiating Panel

Liberation International

  1. On the basis of Aquino's policy pronouncements, appointments and other actions since his oath-taking as president, how do you characterize his regime and how do you compare it with the Arroyo regime?

    Jose Maria Sison: The Aquino regime is the latest of regimes servile to US imperialism and representative chiefly of the local exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords. It follows such US-directed policies as neoliberal globalization and the so-called global war on terror which is used to justify state terrorism and US military intervention in the Philippines.

    The Aquino regime is fundamentally a continuation of the Arroyo regime. It is another running dog of US imperialism with a different collar. It tries to make itself look different from the Arroyo regime through sheer propaganda. From day to day, it does some publicity stunts and gimmicks to deflect attention from the big basic problems of the people, which are the main causes of poverty and corruption.

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Filipino people have little to gain from May national elections

LIBERATION International, April – June 2010 issue

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By Bagani Dong-Ilay

Is there hope for genuine change? This has been the question inside and outside the country in the aftermath of the 10 May 2010 national elections in the Philippines.

The Filipino people can expect nothing by ay of real change from the recently concluded lections. The same old names, the same old political dynasties, have been proclaimed winners. All the mainstream bourgeois parties represent the interests of the local exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords. They act as junior partners of US imperialism in exploiting and oppressing the Filipino people and in keeping the country backward, non-industrialized and agrarian.

Also in this issue:

Filipino revolutionaries condemn Comrade Azad execution
by the Communist Party of the Philippines

Organized masses, consolidated areas grew 80% in 10 years
Interview with Maria Malaya, NDFP Spokesperson, Northeastern Mindanao
by Roselle Valerio

NPA offensives expose failure of US-Arroyo regime's security program
by Isah Antonio

World condemns Israeli massacre on Freedom Flotilla
by Isah Antonio

Violations of human rights presented before UN and EU
by Pingkian and Isah Antonio

Comrade Joan Hinton, proletarian internationalist
More than 60 years service to the Chinese and world revolution
by Ed Ladera


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Interview with Prof. Jose Maria Sison on Noynoy Aquino and related issues

Liberation International

  1. Noynoy Aquino seems to play the teflon game and ignore what you say against him. But he lets others hit you and make ad hominem attacks against you. Are you not afraid of taking on someone like Aquino who has just been elected supposedly by a large vote and has a powerful propaganda machinery that can be used against you?

    Jose Maria Sison: Why should I be afraid of what he can do against me? I have fought presidents before, from Marcos to Arroyo. I should be more courageous and confident in opposing someone who is not known for being an achiever within his own ruling system, who has just benefited from electronic pre-programming, who is now running against himself and his promises and who is now faced with a severe financial and economic crisis, especially the public debt crisis.

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Achieve strategic stalemate in five years — CPP

Banners of the NDFP member organizations are held aloft during the 41st anniversary celebrations of the CPP in Mindanao, 26 December 2009.LIBERATION International, 31 March 2010 issue

By Ed Ladera

The CPP leadership, in its anniversary statement, calls on its forces to make a great advance in the people’s war for new democracy. It declares its determination to strive within the next five years to make the great advance from the stage of strategic defensive to the strategic stalemate, fulfilling all the requirements and without skipping any necessary phase.

Strategic stalemate means that the revolutionary armed forces shall have achieved parity in the revolutionary war against the armed forces of the reactionary government. The strategic stalemate paves the way for the next stage in the protracted people’s war, namely the strategic offensive, which pushes towards the nationwide victory in the struggle for national and social liberation… Read more.

ALSO in this issue:

Help the people of Haiti, reject US military occupation
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Interview with Fr. Santiago Salas, NDFP Eastern Visayas
By Roselle Valerio

Interview with Salvador del Pueblo, NDFP Cagayan Valley
By Roselle Valerio

Bourgeois elections & the revolutionary movement
By Bagani Dong-ilay

Peasant marchers demand land and justice
By Isah Antonio

Disasters expose incompetence & corruption of US-Arroyo regime
By Isah Antonio

Migrants take the heat from Europe’s boiling crisis
By Pingkian

Prof. Sison wins vs. EU “terrorist” listing
By Ed Ladera

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Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON: On people’s war and peace negotiations

Interview by Roselle Valerio
Liberation International

Thank you for granting this interview in your capacity as the chief political consultant of the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). I would like to ask some questions about the status and prospects of the people's war and the peace negotiations of the NDFP with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

  1. But first let me ask you, what is your current personal situation in exile, as a political refugee?

    Jose Maria Sison (JMS): I am taking seriously and enjoying my role as chief political consultant of the NDFP negotiating panel, and as chairperson of the International League of Peoples' Struggle. I do a lot of research, writing and speaking before various types of audiences. I manage to speak through Skype, Yahoo Messenger and other video-conferencing methods to audiences in the US and other countries which refuse to give me the visa.

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Miserable state of the nation

LIBERATION International, July – August 2009 issue

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“Gloria (Arroyo) feasts while the people go hungry!” photo from Arkibong Bayan.

By Bagani Dong-Ilay

In their own version of the state of the nation address (SONA), protesters on 27 July castigated Arroyo for aggravating the country’s underdevelopment, her subservience to foreign vested interests, her shameless corruption, her thirst for power, her bloody human rights record and her undisguised puppetry to US imperialism.

Also in this issue:

US increases intervention, joins combat operations in the Philippines
By Ed Ladera

NPA medical work in Southern Mindanao a resounding success
from Ang Bayan

Filipino-American activist hits back against abductors, torturers
By Pingkian

Condolences on the death of Comrade Soedirdjo Harsono
By Luis G. Jalandoni
NDFP Chief International Representative

Lalgarh adivasis continue resistance against oppression, brutal repression
By Bagani Dong-ilay

Reject Israeli attempts to suppress press freedom — PFLP
By Roselle Valerio

Arroyo government violates peace deals, blocks peace talks
By Ed Ladera

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Arroyo’s new attempts at charter change meet angry protests

LIBERATION International, March – June 2009 issue

Prisoners of war (from left) Police Officer 1 Alberto Umali, P/Inspector Rex Cuntapay and PO1 Marvin Agasen sign their documents of release on 27 March. Behind are Red fighters of the New People’s Army who served as custodial forces of the POWs. Photo from Arkibong Bayan/Alexander Martin Remollino.

By Pingkian
and Bagani Dong-Ilay

"It was a day of ignominy,” said a progressive member of the Philippine House of Representatives, the lower House of Congress.

On 2 June 2009, House Resolution 1109 was railroaded through the House of Representatives by majority congressmen who are loyal to Manila President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. HR 1109 proposes to transform the House into a Constituent Assembly (“Con-Ass”) for the purpose of amending the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines.

     Read or download the March – June 2009 issue of Liberation International …

     Also in this issue:

     Day of Shame: US Supreme Court denies review of Cuba Five case

     NDFP exposes forced displacements, violations of rules of war by US-Arroyo regime

     AFP bombards Tumanduk land in Capiz, civilian homes destroyed

     NPA offensives annihilate enemy units, seize more weapons

     By filing thousands of nuisance complaints: US-Arroyo military sabotages peace process

     Political crisis simmers in Nepal

     Tamil liberation struggle: Down but not out

     1st anti-imperialist conference on the Balkans held in Greece

     Polisario to resume armed struggle if negotiations fail

     Prof. Sison launches two new books in Amsterdam

     Prof. Sison wins resounding legal victory in the Netherlands

Rising unemployment, poverty under US-Arroyo regime

“Evil, vicious men from the military intelligence group abducted, tortured, raped and stabbed to death Ivy (Rebelyn’s nickname),” says Evengeline Pitao, mother of Rebelyn. MindaNews. photo by Rene B. Lumawag, Pixels & Cutlines.

By Pingkian

In the wake of the global financial crisis in October 2008, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, president of the Republic of the Philippines, boasted that the country’s economy is more resilient than it has ever been. That economic reforms her government had initiated “would enable the Philippine economy to weather the current storm.”

     Read or download the January – February 2009 issue of Liberation International …

     Also in this issue:

     NDFP condemns abduction, murder of Rebelyn Pitao

     US troops not welcome in the Philippines

     US-based Filipinos condemn US-RP military exercises

     Demands mount to investigate Israeli war crimes

     Kyrgyz Parliament votes to close down US military base

     Widespread unrest, protests rock Europe

     Beirut International Forum: Intensely united vs imperialism

Communist Party of the Philippines calls for qualitative leap in revolutionary struggle

40th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines

By Bagani Dong-Ilay

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in its statement on the Party’s 40th anniversary called on the entire party to work for a qualitative leap in the armed revolution in order to “approach its goal of destroying the ruling system and replacing it with the people’s democratic state.”

     Read or download the November – December 2008 issue of Liberation International …

     Also in this issue:

     US-backed attacks condemned worldwide. CPP, NDFP condemn Israeli aggression against Palestine

     The children and family of the revolution 

     Victorious yearend offensives of the New People's Army

     MILF Mujahideen inflict heavy casualties on reactionary Armed Forces of the Philippines

     Police fascism sparks revolt in Greece

     BRIDGING OCEANS: International work of the Philippine revolutionary movement 

Norway, peace advocates push for resumption of peace talks

By Ed Ladera

The Royal Norwegian Government (RNG) and various peace advocates in the Philippines and abroad recently echoed calls for the resumption of formal peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

    Read or download the September – October 2008 issue of Liberation International …

    Also in this issue: 

    Excellent conditions for revolutionary upsurge in the face of worsening global capitalist crisis

    Global finance crisis grinds Filipinos deeper into poverty

    Corruption in the Philippines is a social and moral cancer — Catholic Bishops

    Crushing revolutionary movement is cacophonous bluster

    Arroyo regime is Number One violator of children’s rights

    INDIA: Leader of anti-displacement movement arrested, faces 26 trumped up cases

    NDFP hosts meeting on 30 years of Reform in China