An Interview With Jose Maria Sison

Jose Maria Sison is a writer and activist who reorganized the Communist Party of the Philippines. On December 26, 1968, he formed and chaired the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), an organization founded on Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, stemming from his experience as a youth leader and labor andland reform activist. This is known as the First Great Rectification movement where Sison and other radical youth criticized the existing Party leadership, that was run under the Moscow leaning Lava and its failure. The reestablished CPP set its general political line as two-stage revolution comprising national-democratic as the first stage then proceeding to the socialist revolution. During this period, Sison went by the nom de guerre of Amado Guerrero, meaning “beloved warrior”, under which he published the manifesto Philippine Society and Revolution.

On March 29, 1969, the CPP, along with an HMB (Huk) faction led by Bernabe Buscayno, organized the New People’s Army (NPA), the guerrilla-military wing of the Party, whose insurgencies around the Philippines, particularly in the northern part of the country, have continued to this day to this day in a struggle to wage a peasant-worker revolutionary war in the countryside against landlords and bureaucrat capitalists.

Sison was arrested during the Marcos dictatorship and was imprisoned for almost 9 years. He was subjected to several forms of torture and chained to a cot for 18 months in a solitary cell. His experience was described in Prison & Beyond, a book of poetry released in 1986, which won the Southeast Asia WRITE award for the Philippines.

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Posted on February 8, 2011, in Imperialism & Colonialism, National Liberation, Revolutionary Theory, Socialism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on An Interview With Jose Maria Sison.

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