By Raïssa Robles
It was my first time to interview and meet Jose Maria Sison – the nemesis of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos – and the nagging problem of all five presidents since.
I wanted to gauge the man. We ended up talking for over nine hours.
Below is just a rough sketch of him.
At one point in the interview, I blurted out to Professor Sison that many Filipinos are tired of the armed revolution and I expressed the wish that a different way could be found to institute drastic social and political reforms in Philippine society without bloodshed.
I expressed this wish because almost every week, as a journalist, I get reports of deaths of government soldiers and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. Only the rank and file on both sides seem to be dying.
I also told Prof. Sison that I wished he could be in the Philippine Senate.
I do not know, though, if the country is ready to have a Sison in the Senate. Many Filipinos are still rabidly anti-communist.
If rightist rebels like Senator Antonio Trillanes can find a place in the political arena, why not lefist rebels?
Philippines’ most wanted man still believes in the revolutionary struggle
Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison has been a political refugee in the Netherlands for nearly 28 years
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 July, 2015, 4:34pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 July, 2015, 4:35pm
Raissa Robles in Utrecht, The Netherlands
In a working-class Dutch neighborhood in Utrecht a few minutes walk from the central train station stands a small shop that looks abandoned from the outside. There’s nothing to indicate that behind the nondescript door and smudged glass window is the headquarters of the Philippines’ most wanted man, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison.
Its shabbiness, beside a costume rental shop and a store selling party favours, masks bold ambition: to take over the reins of government and install a socialist society in the Philippines.
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