‘People must unite vs imperialist powers’


In the face of rising tension in the West Philippine Sea, Jose Maria Sison, the chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS), called on the Filipino people to “unite to build national strength” to counter aggression by the two “imperialist powers,” China and the United States.

“The people and their revolutionary forces must rise up against the imperialist powers and their local reactionary agents,” Sison said, in a statement as head of the ILPS, a global body with 350 anti-imperialist member-organizations in 40 countries.

Calling China “a full-fledged imperialist power,” Sison said its reclamation of reefs and shoals in the West Philippine Sea within Philippine territory is “an act of piracy and aggression.”

At least seven reefs in the Kalayaan (Spratlys) group of islands, within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) had undergone reclamation by China: the Panganiban (Mischief), Mabini (Johnson South), Gavin (Gaven), Calderon (Cuarteron), Hughes (Kennan), Malvar (Eldad) and Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reefs.

The maritime dispute should be resolved within the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), Sison said.

The US and the Aquino administration had engaged China in a verbal tussle, with US President Barack Obama expressing “concern” over the issue. The US Navy had also been patrolling the international waters in the West Philippine Sea.

Sison, however, said the US only watches over its own “interests,” mostly in China.

“The US has expressed neutrality and interest, only in its freedom of navigation. It has overlooked China’s violations of the UNCLOS and has, in fact, shown partiality to its larger interests in relations with China than in those with the Philippines,” he said.

Sison added that the US pivot to Asia mainly favors “the pro-US big bourgeoisie in China.”

Sison said the US has taken advantage of the issue and has entrenched itself militarily in the country, as it is set to re-establish its military bases under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

Dominate and divide
“It is clear that the US and China are conniving by a significant measure to dominate and divide the Philippines, very much like the time when China was divided into spheres of influence and Anglo-American and Japanese imperialists at certain times competed and collaborated in dividing and dominating China,” Sison said.

Sison also criticized the Philippine leadership, past and present, which had “pretended” to oppose China and defend Philippine sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“But they have in fact allowed the Chinese state and private enterprises to plunder the natural and human resources and to exploit a wide range of business opportunities at the expense of the Filipino people and Filipino entrepreneurs who uphold political and economic sovereignty and desire national industrialization,” Sison said.

“We cannot allow China to do its own aggression against the Philippines and the Filipino people, just as we cannot allow the perpetuated aggression of the US against them,” Sison said.

Sison, who lives in exile in The Netherlands, is also political consultant to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, and founding chairperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

“The anti-imperialist and democratic forces in the Philippines should unite to build national strength and develop relations with friendly countries that are truly helpful and are not hostile to the Filipino people’s aspirations for full national sovereignty, people’s democracy, industrial development, social justice, scientific and cultural progress and peace,” he said.


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  1. eltee mulawin on

    >>> Itong NDF-CPP Chairman Jose Ma.Sison tuald ng mga leader at politiko ng Bayan o Bayan Muna, parang sirang plaka o sirang DVD. Sa tuwina may issue o problema dahil China, laging paborito isama at ihalo ang USA. Samantala karamihan naman sa kanila nagpupunta lagi at ang iba ay nagnenegosyo sa bansang USA.

    >>> Ang tanong hanggang ngayon…. Pagkatapos na bigyan laya itong si Jose ma.Sison ( ni Cory Aquino) biglang umalis ng bansa at nagpapasarap sa Netherland. At nagpapa-impres pa sa international media na concerned siya sa Pilipinas.

  2. Idiot. Bakit di ka umuwi dito sa Pinas at ikaw ang manguna sa pakikibaka.. Akala mo siguro nakalimutan na ng taong bayan na ikaw ang founder ng CCP/NPA na pinawalan ka ni corykong Aquino after EDSA revolution . Iniba mo pa ang tawag sa organization mo…Hudas ….Traitor,.. Anong akala mo nakalimutan na ng taong bayan ang ginawa mo.. di ba comunista ka… di bat kakampi mo ang tsina..?/

  3. Braincleaner on

    We can only go strong if we dismantle the causes of our weakness, the system represented by BS Aquino III et al. The only way we can build something strong is to dismantle the old and build a totally new society. In the meantime, we can struggle to attain a stronger society while witnessing how the old self-destruct by betraying its own people.

  4. Michael Cuanzon on

    What is Sison to the Philippines? Comments made by an enemy of the republic is a sham.

  5. Why we wait to be bullied by other nations in order to strengthen our unity against imperialists?…I think its time for the CPP & NPA to start talks with the Philippine government for peace in the country because we should understand now that the CPP & NPAs are not the real enemies of this country and the Ph military is not the real enemy of the CPP & NPAs. Lets help each other…and Joma should think more…may be he needs wisdom from the Pope.

  6. why don’t you come back to the philippines instead of living in exile? you are as coward as all of your communist members in your party. you live in “luxury” while your communist fighters live in the mountains and fight your wars for you. your fighters extort money, collect revolutionary taxes and harm those that would not give. what kind of an ideology is that? is this the way you treat your own countrymen? you are as useless as scum! do you even have a sense of nationalism running in your veins? NO!!! absolutely not! otherwise you won’t be there in the netherlands in exile. how dare you ask the filipino people to unite versus imperialist powers when you yourself had done nothing good for the country. just shut the hell up!! if you don’t mind.

    • Paminsan-minsan, pa-ePal si JoMa kaya nag-i-ingay para ma-diyaryo. Para mapa-alala sa Netherlands na anti-imperialist-kuno pa rin siya at kung puwede, dagdagan ang monthly allowance.