The Revolutionary Movement of the Filipino People Is Indestructible Due to Oppression and Exploitation

By Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
June 18, 2019

Duterte and his political agents and armed minions keep on boasting that they can destroy the revolutionary movement of the Filipino people. However, they keep on moving their deadline because every previous deadline proved to be false.

The revolutionary movement of the Filipino people is indestructible because of its just cause of national liberation and democracy against foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.

As long these three evil forces oppress and exploit the people, the ground will remain fertile for such revolutionary forces as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front (NDFP) to thrive.

No party or group of traditional politicians servile to US imperialism and representative of the exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords are capable of taking initiative away from the revolutionary forces that uphold and carry out the people’s democratic revolution.

The revolutionary movement is indestructible because of the objective semicolonial and semifeudal conditions that have given rise to it and because every major revolutionary force knows how to preserve itself and increase its strength through struggle.

The CPP ceaselessly engages in ideological, political and organizational building. It has thus become a formidable force nationwide and it is deeply rooted among the toiling masses due to its correct revolutionary theory and practice and its general program of people’s democratic revolution through protracted people’s war.

The NPA is under the correct leadership of the CPP and is effectively carrying out the strategic line of people’s democratic revolution through protracted people’s war. It integrates revolutionary armed struggle with agrarian reform and mass base building, which includes the building of revolutionary mass organizations and local organs of political power.

The local organs of political power constitute the People’s Democratic Government. It is led by the CPP and the NDFP ensures the unity of the people in their millions through the mass organizations and alliances. It is the revolutionary government of workers and peasants which is fighting to get rid of the counterrevolutionary government of the big compradors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists subservient to US imperialism and other imperialist powers.

Whenever the Duterte regime unleashes any kind of offensive of whatever kind or scale, the revolutionary forces retain their revolutionary integrity, increase their strength through struggle, respond to threats promptly and effectively and launch counteroffensives to isolate and destroy the people’s enemy part by part.

Duterte is incompetent to talk about the destiny of the Filipino people and their revolutionary movement. Even if he is incoherent most of the time, he is sometimes coherent, such as when he admits that he is overwhelmed by Philippine problems and wishes to hang himself. He himself is currently the most most notorious personification of bureaucratic corruption in the Philippines.

Duterte and his political and military agents think that they can discredit and destroy the revolutionary movement of the Filipino people by pursuing the anti-communist line. But neither socialism nor communism is in the agenda. The Filipino people and the revolutionary movement are focused on carrying out the people’s democratic revolution as the prelude to the socialist revolution.###

Duterte is exposed as a traitor and paid agent of China

By Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
June 17, 2019

Photo: AFP/Ted Aljibe

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio is legally, politically and morally correct in demanding that the Philippines and the Duterte regime take a strong stand against China’s aggressive act and demand compensation and punishment for the captain and crew of the vessel that rammed the Filipino fishing vessel, F/B Gemvir 1.

The failure of Duterte himself to make the required strong stand against the aggressive act and to demand compensation and punishment from the criminal rammers exposes him as a traitor and paid agent of China and takes the lid off a whole barrel of treasonous crimes that Duterte has committed in betrayal of the national sovereignty and national patrimony of the Filipino people.

As I have long pointed out, Duterte and his close relatives and high subalterns have privately benefited from commissions on high-interest Chinese loans and overpriced infrastructure projects at the official level and at the same time from the massive smuggling and distribution of illegal drugs by the Chinese criminal triads at the unofficial level.

Duterte is engaged in double puppetry. For the purpose of keeping the loyalty of the US-lining military and police officers, he retains all the treaties, agreements and arrangements that make US imperialism the most dominant power in the Philippines. At the same time, he serves as a double traitor focused on the quick and secret income from commissions by Chinese corporations and payoffs by the Chinese criminal triads.

While Duterte and his ruling clique profit enormously from their Chinese connections, they sell out to China the sovereign rights of the Filipino people over the West Philippine Sea and and its marine and mineral resources and make the Philippines a debt colony of China through high-interest loans and overpriced infrastructure projects.

Thus, they do not make any demand for China to vacate the artificial islands it has built and militarized in the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, to pay rent for occupancy of those islands and to pay compensation for the damage and destruction of the marine environment. The Duterte regime is traitorous and corrupt. It is shamelessly subservient to Chinese imperialism.###

Duterte Is Engaged in Bogus Land Reform, He Is Doomed in the Most Ignoble Sense

By Jose Maria Sison
June 14, 2019

The Filipino people and their revolutionary forces would applaud any government that carries out genuine land reform, which is well explained by the Revolutionary Guide to Land Reform of the Communist Party of the Philippines and by the NDFP Draft Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms.

But certainly the Duterte regime is not engaged in any genuine land reform by distributing mere pieces of paper to some 13,000 people that require them to pay the unaffordable price for 24,000 hectares in Central Mindanao, even if by installment.

The long-running record of the reactionary government in land reform is that more than 95 percent of supposed land reform beneficiaries ultimately cannot pay for the land assigned to them and lose it to merchant usurers, landlords, bureaucrat capitalists, big comprador companies and foreign corporations.

The New People’s Army is cherished by the people, especially the peasant masses because it defends and guarantees the genuine land reform being carried out by the revolutionary movement led by the CPP.

Revolutionary land reform includes the minimum program of reducing land rent, eliminating usury, raising farm wages, improving farm gate prices of agricultural produce, raising agricultural production and creating sideline occupations, and promoting rudimentary cooperation.

Revolutionary land reform also includes the maximum program of distributing land for free to the landless peasants, building cooperatives in stages, providing support from the people’s revolutionary government, raising production and capital construction and setting prices favorable to the agricultural and other products of the peasant masses.

It is not the NPA but the Duterte regime that is doomed in an ignoble sense because of his distribution of mere pieces of paper misrepresented as land reform. The ignoble end of Duterte is assured by his gross and systematic crimes of tyranny, treason, mass murder of people (including the peasants and the indigenous), corruption and deceptions.

In many areas today, the peasants and the indigenous people are being subjected to bombings, mass murders on mere suspicion and forced evacuation in order to allow the corrupt government officials, landlords and the mining, logging and plantation companies to grab the land.

The New People’s Army and other revolutionary forces of the people are indestructible because they serve the people and are carrying out the program for people’s democratic revolution against the three evil forces of foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism, which the Duterte regime and its armed minions are dishonorably and maliciously serving through campaigns of suppression and butchery.###

A Consequence of Duterte’s Treason

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
June 13, 2019

Public attention is once more called to the Duterte regime’s treasonous policy of selling out the Filipino people’s sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea by a Chinese vessel sinking a Philippine boat and leaving 22 Filipino fishermen to the elements.

The Filipino people have been outraged for so long by the Duterte regime’s failure to assert their sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea and to demand before the United Nations that China stop its violations of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea and the 2016 judgment of the International Arbitral Tribunal in favor of the Philippines against China.

The regime has stubbornly refused to make the following just demands: the withdrawal of China from the artificial islands it has unlawfully built and militarized in the West Philippine Sea, the payment of rent for the occupation of these islands and compensation for destroying the marine resources and environment.

These demands are not being made before the courts in the US and other countries where China’s overseas assets can be held liable. Instead, the Duterte regime has shamelessly offered to China the exploration and exploitation of the oil and gas resources in the Reed Bank, which are estimated to be 5.4 billion barrels and 55.1 trillion cubic feet. These are enough to finance the industrial development of the Philippines if not subjected to imperialist plunder by China.

The Duterte ruling clique justifies its treasonous behavior by its expectations of large loans for infrastructure projects from China. Thus many people have observed that commissions have been advanced to the ruling clique through Dennis Uy and other Chinese conduits that are hyperactive in the infrastructure project and in buying up major Philippine assets.

The Chinese loans are at exorbitant interest rates and the infrastructure projects are overpriced. Thus, the Duterte ruling clique is expected to receive further huge kickbacks on a scale even grander than that at the time when Duterte’s infamous idol Marcos milked the foreign loans and infrastructure projects.

But the Chinese government has been tough by rolling out the projects at a rate much slower than expected by Duterte to compel him to make immediate and outright surrender of the sovereign rights in the most explicit terms. The regime has therefore appeared absurd in touting Chinese loans and infrastructure projects as the main pillar of his build, build, build program.

In the meantime, the US-China trade war is heating up and the US, Japan and European countries are asserting their freedom of navigation and telling the entire world that China has no right to own the South China Sea and to take control over the West Philippine Sea, in which the Philippines has sovereign rights to marine and mineral resources in its exclusive economic zone and extended continental shelf.###

The anticommunist psywar line of Duterte and his agents is self-defeating

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
June 9, 2019

The national democratic movement of the Filipino people has long exposed the historical and current fact that the three evil forces of foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism are responsible for the people’s oppression and exploitation and the country’s underdevelopment, mass unemployment and widespread poverty.

Constructively and positively, the national democratic movement has put forward the general line of people’s democratic revolution to change the semicolonial and semifeudal system with a program of realizing full national independence, real democracy, social justice, economic development through genuine land reform and national industrialization, a patriotic and progressive culture and independent foreign policy.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has been open to peace negotiations with the GRP in order to realize the aforesaid patriotic and progressive program which involves bourgeois democratic reforms and far from being socialist. But the rabid anti-communists (who are puppets of US imperialism and agents of the exploiting classes) have always sabotaged the peace negotiations and insisted on counterrevolutionary violence in order to preserve the the unjust ruling system.,

The broad masses of the people see and detest the treasonous and corrupt bureaucrats and the brutal military and police forces as the instruments of the three evil forces of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic corruption. Thus the Filipino people have engaged in various forms of struggle, including mass protest actions and armed revolution, in order to fight for national and social liberation.

The Duterte regime and its armed and political agents have been stirring up the psywar line of rabid anticommunism to deflect attention from the three evil forces of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism and blame the revolutionary forces and the people themselves, who are the victims of oppression and exploitation, for all the wrongs for which the US-dominated ruling system of big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats are responsible.

The Duterte regime and its armed and political agents use the line of rabid anticommunism as the main line of their “whole of nation approach) to justify the gross and systematic violations of human rights, the militarization of civilian departments and agencies of the reactionary government and the compulsion on people to denounce the revolutionary movement or have themselves listed up as surrendered and repentant rebels only to be subsequently subjected to summary executions as in Oplan Tokhang.

Duterte himself is the most brazen instigator of state terrorism against the people. He has called for mass intimidation and mass murder of suspects, shooting women in the vagina, killing social activists, religious people and human rights defenders, bombing, burning and looting the poor communities of peasants and indigenous peoples and forcing them to evacuate in order to make way for the mining, logging and plantation companies.

Duterte and his political and military minions red tag or slander the patriotic and progressive people as “communists” and “terrorists” in order to strike fear and discredit them and create an atmosphere of terror. Worst of all, the Duterte regime, its psywar agents and its death squads from the police and military threaten the people with all kinds of harm and to actually abduct, torture and murder an increasing number of people.

In using the unlawful and malicious tactics of witchhunt and casting guilt by association, the objective of the US-Duterte regime is to terrorize the entire Filipino nation and to impose on the people a full-blown fascist dictatorship. The Duterte ruling clique has become more arrogant and murderous after rigging the elections and controlling every major branch of the reactionary government.

But the result is that the Filipino people are not at all cowed by Duterte’s reign of terror and greed. The people detest it and are determined to fight and defeat it. The puppets of imperialism and reactionaries in the Philippines never learn from history. They forget that after they have their malicious way for a period of time, the broad masses of the people eventually bring them down.

The rabid anticommunism during the Cold War in the 1950s did not stop the resurgence of the national democratic movement and the reestablishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines under the guidance of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism in the 1960s.

The ultra-reactionary attempt to suppress the people’s aspirations for national and social liberation with the use of the Anti-Subversion Law and the anti-communist witchhunts challenged the young proletarian revolutionaries to regenerate the national democratic movement and the revolutionary armed resistance.

The tyrant Marcos thought that he could use rabid anticommunism as the instrument of establishing a fascist dictatorship and thus he aggravated the chronic crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system. Ultimately, he would be overthrown by the people in 1986. The persistent scheme of Duterte, the Marcos heirs and their fellow plunderers to glorify Marcos wil fail.

Like Marcos, Duterte thinks that he can repeat the Marcos example of using anti-communism and state terrorism to establish a full-blown fascist dictatorship and further accumulate private wealth from overpriced infrastructure projects, foreign loans and other major rackets. He will meet the same ignominious end as his idol Marcos.

The Filipino people are inspired by their long history of revolutionary struggle against their oppressors and exploiters. They are determined to struggle for the just cause of national and social liberation. They are confident of winning victory against a tyrant whose crimes of treason, mass murder, plunder, electoral fraud and deception are already weighing him down to his grave.###

Panayam kay Prop. Jose Maria Sison tungkol sa halalang Mayo 13

Ni J. V. Ayson

1. Ano po ang inyong pangkalahatang pagsusuri sa katatapos lang na mid-term national and local elections? Masasabi niyo po ba na patas, malaya, malinis, at mapayapa ang halalan?

JMS: Garapal na pananakot at pandaraya ang ginawa ng rehimeng Duterte at mga kasangkapan nitong Comelec, militar, pulis at iba pang alipores ni Duterte. Nangyari ang aking prediksyon na imanipula ni Duterte ang kondukta at resulta ng halalan para sa labis-labis na pakinabang niya dahil may kapangyariham, may kriminal na pag-iisip at may motibasyon para gumawa ng pandaraya.

Hindi patas ang eleksyon para sa mga kandidato ng rehimen at oposisyon. Hindi malaya at mapayapa, laluna sa kalakhan ng Mindanao at iba pang tinaguriang trouble spot sa Luson at Mindanao kung saan mga militar at pulis gumawa ng red tagging, banta at ilang pagpatay sa mga nasa oposisyon. Labis-labis na marumi ang eleksyon dahil sa mga pananakot, vote buying, pre-shading ng mga balota at paggamit ng dagdag-bawas sa pamamagitan ng mga computer ng Comelec automated electoral system, 

2. Kapansin-pansin po na walang kandidatong independyente at oposisyonista na mananalo sa pagka-senador. Naniniwala po ba kayo na may kinalaman ang mataas na antas umano ng popularidad ng kasalukuyang administrasyon at ang masama pa rin umanong imahe ng Liberal Party? O baka planado na po ang magiging resulta ng halalan kung ang pagbabatayan ay ang babala ni Atty. Glenn Chong noong Nobyembre 2018 hinggil sa posibilidad ng malawakang dayaan?

JMS: Tinuunan ni Duterte ang pandaraya sa antas ng mga kandidatong senatoryal dahil gusto niyang matiyak na makuha niya ang two-thirds o mas malaki pang mayorya sa Senado para maisakatuparan niya nang lubusan ang kanyang pasistang diktadura sa pamamagitan ng chacha para sa pakunwaring pederalismo, maipatupad niya ang syento porsyentong pagmamay-ari ng dayuhan sa mga likas yaman at lahat ng negosyo sa Pilipinas at maiwasan niya ang pag-aresto sa kanya dahil sa mga krimen ng maramihang pagpaslang sa mga suspek sa Oplan Tokhang at Oplan Kapayapaan.

Hindi totoo na napakapopular si Duterte. Naging mabaho na siya dahil sa pagtaas ng buwis at paglipad ng presyo ng mga batayang bilihin at nasusuklam na ang masa sa mga maramihang pagpaslang sa mga suspek sa adik at tulak ng droga at sa mga suspek na rebolusyonaryo, sa pagiging supremong protektor ng illegal drugs si Duterte mismo, sa pataksil na pagbebenta ng West Philippine Sea at pambansang soberanya at patrimonya sa Tsina, sa mabilis at malakihang kurakot ng pamilyang Duterte at sabwatan nila sa mga kapwa nilang mandarambong tulad ng mga Marcos, Arroyo at iba pa.

Ang “high popularity” ni Duterte ay gawa-gawa lamang ng mga bayarang poll survey firm, mga kolumnista, brodkaster, mga troll at bot. Totoong may nananatiling pagkabaho pa ng mga dilawan. Pero malayong mas mabaho na si Duterte. At magagaling naman yong karamihan ng kandidatong Otso Deretso at iba pang oposisyonista. Ni isa walang nanalo dahil sa garapal na pandaraya. Pati ang pinamahusay na kandidatong senatoryal na si Neri Colmenares dinaya nang malakihan.

Planado ang pandaraya. Maliwanag ang katotohanan. Yan ang sinasabi ng napakaraming tao. Hindi lamang sina Chong at Gadon na nalaglag mula sa grupo ng mga paboritong kandidato ni Dueterte. Masakit ang loob nila dahil pati mga boto nila malamang na naidagdag sa mga paborito ni Duterte o kaya hindi nabahaginan ng dambuhalang pekeng boto. Hindi porke sipsip ang mga ito kay Duterte mapapasali na sila sa Senado ni Duterte.

3. Gaano po kaya katindi sa inyong pagtataya at paniniwala ang malawakang dayaan at manipulasyon at ang marumi, maanomalya, at kuwestiyonableng pagsasagawa ng halalan ngayong taong ito? Mas matindi po ba ito kaysa sa malawakang dayaan at sa pagsasagawa at resulta ng mga halalan noong 2010, 2013, at 2016 sa ilalim ng automated election system?

JMS: Sa aking pagtataya at sa kaalaman ng sambayanan, sistematiko, malawakan at napakatindi ang dayaan at manipulasyon ng halalan. Marumi, maanomalya at kasuklamsuklam ang pandaraya na ginawa ni Duterte. Mas matindi ang pandaraya ni Duterte sa malawakang dayaan sa mga halalan ng 2010, 2013, at 2016 sa ilalim ng automated election system. Naging automated o mas mabilis at laganap ang pandaraya ni Duterte kaysa ginawa ni Marcos sa mga halalan sa ilalim ng kanyang ganap na pasistang diktadura.

4. Maliban po sa pagkatalo ni dating BAYAN MUNA Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares sa pagka-senador, malaki po ang posibilidad na lumiit ang bilang ng mga progresibong mambabatas. May kinalaman po ba rito ang mistulang pangangampanya ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan laban sa mga progresibong partido? Gaano po kaya katindi ang kagustuhan ng kasalukuyang administrasyon na alisan ng representasyon at boses ang mga mahihirap at api sa Kongreso Nangangahulugan po ba ito na hindi pa handa ang sistemang pulitikal ng bayang Pilipino sa pagkakaroon ng isang “maka-Kaliwang” senador o presidente kung ang pagbabatayan ay ang electoral track record ng mga progresibo?

JMS: Dapat lumaki pa ang boto at tiyak na manalo si Neri Colmenares dahil sa siya ang pinakamatatag, matalas at magaling na lumaban sa mga kriminal na patakaran at kilos ng rehimeng Duterte. Isinusuka ng bayan su Duterte at mga kandidato niya dahil sa kanyang tiraniya, kataksilan, maramihang paspaslang ng mga suspek, panunupil sa mga kritiko, aktibista at oposisyon, pandarambong, pagsisinungaling at pangungutya sa mga mahirap, kababaihan at mga Kristiyano.

Hindi mabisa ang red-tagging at iba pang paninira na ginawa ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan laban sa mga progresibong partido. Kita ng taumbayan na sinungaling ang mga buruktarata at armadong alipores ni Duterte, electioneering ang ginagawa at lumalabag sila sa mga demokratiko at elektoral na karapatan ng mga progresibong kandidato at mga tao. Kaunti lang malilinlang.

Matindi at desidido ang rehimeng Duterte na alisan ng representasyon at boses ang mga mahihirap at api sa Kongreso. Kung gayon, sadyang dinaya si Neri at Anakpawis at binawasan nang malaki ang boto ng mga progresibong party list. Kung walang pandaraya sa anyo ng automated cheating, tiyak na lumaki ang boto ng mga makabayan at progresibong kandidato sa paligsahang senatoryal at party list. Abangan ang mga darating na panunupil bunga ng pandaraya ng rehimeng Duterte sa halalan. 

5. Lumalabas na naman po ang mga pagturing sa masa bilang mga “bobotante” dahil sa napipintong tagumpay ng karamihan sa mga kandidatong maka-Duterte sa pagka-senador. Dapat po ba talagang sisihin ang personality politics hinggil dito? O sadyang bulok lang po talaga ang sistemang panlipunan at pampulitika para kumapit ang masa sa patalim pagdating sa pagboto? Ano po ba talaga ang kahalagahan ng halalan para sa masa pagdating sa kanilang kalagayang panlipunan?

JMS: Dapat panagutin ang rehimeng Duterte sa pandaraya at hwag sisihin ang masang Pilipino at kutyain pa silang “bobotante”. Hwag sisihin ang mga biktima ng pandaraya ni Duterte. Ang gumagawa ng panininisi ay mga lingid na pro-Duterte at ilang tunay na anti-Duterte na masyadong mataas ang tingin sa sarili, laluna sa hanay ng mga petiburges na kulang ang tiwala sa masang anakpawis.

Hindi lamang rehimeng Duterfe ang sisihin kundi ang buong naghaharing sistema ng mga tuta ng mga dayuhang monopolyo kapitalista, mga malaking komprador at asendero at mga burukrata kapitalista tulad ni Duterte. Nasusupil ang tinig ng masang anakpawis dahil sa panunupil at pagsasamantala ng buong sistema at alinmang rehimeng reaksyonaryo. Kasunod ng ganitong katotohanan, ang tinguriang personality politics sa hanay ng mga nagriribal na karamihan ay mga reaksyonaryong pulitiko.

Dapat isyu rin ang paggamit ng Smartmatic-TIM automated electoral system. Labis na magastos at madaling imanipula ng alinmang kriminal na rehimen o presidente tulad ni Duterte. Ihambing ang naturang sistema sa automated system sa Alemanya o Netherlands. Manual count pa rin na open to the view of the public and sa competing parties sa precinct level at secure transmission of vote results by ordinary computers. Malayong mas mura at madaling bantayan. Pinili ng mga korap ng pulitiko ng Pilipinas ang Smartmatic-TIM automated electoral system dahil mas magastos at mas madaling kunan ng kurakot at mas madali pang imanipula.

6. Dahil sa mga lumalabas na ulat hinggil sa mga seryosong alegasyon ng malawakang dayaan, mayroon po bang posibilidad na magkaroon ng isang malawakang alyansa na magpapakita ng pagkondena sa malawakang dayaan at pagtatakwil sa marumi, maanomalya, at kuwestiyonableng pagsasagawa at resulta ng halalan? Unti-unti na po kasing lumilinaw ang mga kondisyon para sa isang malawakang alyansa ngayong panahong ito dahil po sa mga pahayag ng pagkondena ng iba’t ibang personalidad, grupo at organisasyon sa malawakang dayaan, gaya na lang nina Atty. Glenn Chong, Atty. Larry Gadon, BAYAN, KONTRA-DAYA, MAKABAYAN, BMP, CARITAS-NASSA, at MMDM.

JMS: Dahil sa garapal na pandaraya ng rehimeng Duterte, ibayong may batayan para sa isang malawakang alyansa at kilusang protesta ng malawak na masa para kondenahin , itakwil at patalsikin ang rehimeng Duterte. Malinaw ang pagnanais ng mga lider at masa ng BAYAN, KONTRA-DAYA, MAKABAYAN, BMP, CARITAS-NASSA, MMDM at iba na magpalakas ng alyansa at palitawin ang lakas at bisa ng people’s power (kapangyarihan ng bayan) laban sa rehimeng tiraniko. Ewan kong totohanan sina Gadon at Chong sa pagpuna nila sa dayaan.

Kailangang-kailangan ang malawak na nagkakaisang hanay at militanteng kilusang protesta ng masa para maagap na salungatin ang mga mas masama pang patakaran at kilos ni Duterte bunga ng matagumpay na pandaraya niya sa halalan. Dapat maglunsad ng mga malaking pagtitipon aat martsa sa mga pampublikong lugar at sa loob at kapaligiran ng mga simbahang Kristiyano. Sa kalaunan, dapat may higanteng pagtitipon ng people’s power upang ibagsak ang imbing na rehimen ng halimaw na katulad ni Marcos.

7. Magiging independyente at makabayan po ba ang Senado, Kamara, at mga pamahalaang lokal gayong karamihan sa mga mananalong kandidato ay maka-Duterte? Mayroon po bang tsansa na magkaroon ng mga public official na tutuligsa sa mga patakaran at programa ng kasalukuyang administrasyon?

JMS: Hindi magiging independyente at makabayan ang Senado, Kamara, at mga pamahalaang lokal na maka-Duterte at nakinabang sa pandaraya at makikinabang pa sa patuloy na pagsalakay sa masang Pilipino at sa kabang-yaman ng bayan. Habang may pang-aapi at pagsasamantala, laluna kung lulubha pa, magkakaroon ng mas malakas pang masa at mas magiting na lider na nalalaban sa mga masamang patakaran at programa ng rehimeng Duterte. May ilan ding public official na nakalusot sa matindi at malawakang pandaraya ni Duterte.

8. Ano po ba ang maasahan ng masa sa huling tatlong taon ng kasalukuyang administrasyon? Mayroon pa po bang tsansa na maitulak ang kasalukuyang administrasyon na magtaguyod ng mga patakaran at programang makabayan at maka-masa? Mayroon po ba kayong nakikitang posibilidad hinggil sa tunguhin ng reporma, pakikibakang ligal, armadong rebolusyon, reaksyon, at maging ng kampanya para sa pagpapatalsik sa kasalukuyang administrasyon sa mga susunod na taon?

JMS: Walang maasahan ng masang Pilipino sa huling tatlong taon ng rehimeng Duterte kundi ibayong pang-aapi at pagsasamantala. Mahirap at hindi tama na umasa na ang rehimeng ito ay magbabago at magtataguyod ng mga patakaran at programang makabayan at maka-masa. Wala o malayo ang posibilidad na magbago ang rehimen at pumayag sa mga makabukuhyan na repromang sososy-ekonomiko at pampultika.

Balak ng rehimeng Duterte na magtayo ng pasistang diktadura at pagsilbihan niya ang mga dayuhang monopolyo, mga malaking komprador at asendero at ang makitid niyang pangkatin ng mga mandarambong at berdugo. Disidido ang rehimeng ito na supilin at puksain ang malawak na nagkakaisang hanay, ang legal na kilusang masa at ang armadong rebolusyon. Kung gayon, walang mapagpipilian ng mga mamamayan at mga pwersang makabayan at progresibo nila kundi lumaban hanggang tagumpay sa pagpapaalis kay Duterte sa kapangyarihan.

Magpalagay man si Duterte na kaya niyang patayin ang legal na demokratikong kilusan na nakalantad sa mga mga kalunsuran, hindi niya talaga kaya kundi lalo pa niyang itutulak ang masang Pilpino na magbalikwas. Lalong hindi kaya ni Duterte na patayin ang armadong rebolusyon ng bayan. Lalong dadami ang mga armadong rebolusyonaryo dahil sa panunupil sa mga makabayan at progresibong pwersa at mamamayan sa mga lungsod at nayon.

May pambansang saklaw at malalim na nakaugat sa masang anakpawis ang mga armadong rebolusyonaryo. Kaya nilang labanan at talunin ang rehimeng nabubulok at may limitadong lakas at rekurso at napakaraming kahinaan dahil sa lumalalalng krisis sa ekonomiya at pulitika ng naghaharing malakolonyal at malapyudal na sistema.###

Expect the people’s resistance to rise further against the escalation of oppression and exploitation

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
May 22, 2019

As a result of his rigging the May 13 elections, Duterte has more than two-thirds majority in the Senate and is in a posaition to dictate the realization of his fascist dictatorship through charter change to bogus federalism and declare martial law nationwide at his whim.

Foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucratic corruption will further oppress and exploit the Filipino people. The dire conditions of underdevelopment of the country, unemployment, mass poverty, mounting debt and tax burden, soaring prices, plunder of natural resources and social wealth, mass murder with impunity and the worst forms of deception will continue. 

With overweening arrogance, the Duterte regime will continue to thrive on serving the evil forces of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism; and blame the people, the legal democratic forces and the revolutionary resistance for the worsening socioeconomic and political crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system. 

We can expect the broad masses of the people to engage in protest actions as in the time of fighting and defeating the Marcos fascist dictatorship. We can also expect that a big new wave of mass activists will join the revolutionary underground and the armed revolutionary movement of the people.

More than ever before, Duterte and his armed minions will seek to destroy the revolutionary movement in order to tighten his monopoly of power and plunder. In this context, there is no chance for the resumption of peace negotiations in accordance with The Hague Joint Declaration for so long as the tyrant Duterte is in power. 

The people’s struggle for national liberation and democracy will certainly grow in strength faster than ever before precisely in contention with the escalating conditions of oppression and exploitation. It will surge in concert with the revolutionary struggles of peoples abroad against imperialism and all reaction.###

Stay alert and militant on the more important issues

By Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
May 20, 2019

It is a matter of public interest to know the physical and mental health condition of Duterte, especially because he is known to be afflicted by chronic illnesses which he himself admits. But it is even of higher public interest for the broad masses of the people and all patriotic and progressive forces not to be distracted from the more urgent and more important issues.

The entire people need to stay alert and militant against the electoral rigging by the Duterte regime, the many crimes it has committed and the more crimes of tyranny, state terrorism and plunder it intends to commit in the course of imposing a fascist dictatorship on the people. 

The Filipino people and other peoples abroad expect the Duterte regime to inflict further oppression and exploitation and are therefore desirous of the progress of the legal mass protests and the armed revolution for national freedom and democracy until the Duterte tyranny is extirpated.

Duterte should change course from the direction of hell and mend his ways – Joma

Response to Duterte’s Invitation to Hell
By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
May 12, 2013

This is in response to Duterte’s statement that he would be happy to go hand-in-hand with me to the mouth of hell.

I absolutely have no intention to accompany Duterte in his trip to hell, whether this be a medieval religious presumption or a figure of speech for historical infamy.

Based on his own policies and acts, I have already described his regime as a scourge to the people.  As matters stand, Duterte is destined for historical damnation for being treasonous, tyrannical, murderous, corrupt and swindling.

On my part, I will remain steadfast and militant in being loyal to the just cause of the Filipino people in fighting for their national sovereignty, democratic rights, social justice, real economic development (through land reform and national industrialization), a patriotic and progressive culture, independent foreign policy and international solidarity with the peoples of the world.

I invite Duterte to change course from the direction of hell, mend his ways and resume serious and sincere peace negotiations with the NDFP through duly-authorized negotiating panels within the framework of The Hague Joint Declaration.  Then we can work together to respond to the demands of the Filipino people for social, economic and political reforms..

I am not blinking but I am winking at my former student to indicate to him that he can avoid getting hell from the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces by acceding to the reforms needed for a just peace. ###

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In anticipation of the May 13 elections

Interview with Prof. Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
By Delfin T. Mallari, Jr.
May 10, 2019

1. What is the role of the revolutionary forces in the coming elections?

JMS: It is a given fact that the revolutionary forces (CPP, NPA and NDFP) are prohibited from participating in the elections staged by the ruling system. But they can clarify and disseminate to the people why it is wrong to vote for the parties and candidates that support the tyrannical, treasonous, mass murdering, plundering and swindling crimes of the Duterte regime.

They can also allow and encourage their revolutionary mass base to vote for parties and candidates that stand for national sovereignty, democracy, social justice, economic development through genuine land reform and national industrialization, job tenure and fair wages, expanded social services, patriotic and progressive culture and independent foreign policy.

2. Do you still stick to your prediction that opposition bets could still pull a surprise? But for sure the Duterte administration would not allow that.

JMS: I reiterate my prediction that the opposition bets in the Senate race will surely win because of their outstanding patriotic and progressive character and their record of serving the people, and because the people condemn and reject the crimes of the Duterte regime as well as the criminal record of corruption of many of the Duterte candidates and even butchery in the case of two candidates. The broad masses of the people, the patriotic and progressive forces and the Catholic and other Christian churches are supporting the opposition candidates.

But unfortunately, Duterte has the overwhelming power and malicious character to rig the elections. He has control of the Comelec and its computer machines, the military and police. He wants to gain at least two-thirds control of the Senate in order to railroad charter change to a bogus kind of of federalism, establish a full-blown fascist dictatorship, plunder the country and prevent his arrest, prosecution and trial for the grave crimes that he has committed.

Even before election day, Duterte has been rigging the elections by placing the whole of Mindanao under martial law and so-called trouble spots in Luzon and the Visayas under de facto martial law. He and his military and police running dogs have used red-tagging, so-called matrices and death threats to intimidate the critics, the opposition parties and candidates and the people at large.

3. Have you a last minute election message?

JMS: I urge the electorate to vote against the candidates of the Duterte regime, especially in the senatorial race, and prevent Duterte from realizing his scheme of fascist dictatorship, unbridled corruption and sell-out of the sovereign rights and national patrimony of the Filipino people. The people must make conspicuous the overwhelming victory of the opposition senatorial candidates and expose effectively all the dirty tricks of Duterte in rigging the elections.

The voters must vote for candidates opposed to the Duterte regime to exercise and demonstrate their sovereign will and to strengthen their moral and political conviction and will to oust Duterte from power by direct democratic action should he rig the elections, as expected. Remember that Marcos rigged the elections of 1986 but his fake electoral victory roused the Filipino people to overthrow him.