Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
January 1, 2015
By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Niko Dizon (ND): Happy New Year sir! I read your Q&A with the NDCP executive course students
Prof Jose Maria Siso (JMS): Happy 2015 and best wishes!
I was struck by your answers because one, some of the policies you
mentioned if you would become president are the same policies being
followed now by government.
JMS: The general titles of the
policies that I have mentioned and proposed are indeed similar to those
used by the GPH and are used as subjects for the agenda of the peace
negotiations. But the GPH and NDFP differ in substantiating the titles
or subjects. For instance, the NDFP points out under the rubric of
national sovereignty and independence the need to do away with unequal
treaties, agreements and arrangements with foreign powers. Under the
rubric of economic development, the NDFP stresses Filipino-owned
industrialization and genuine land reform. The differences in the
substantiation of policies is subject to negotiations and consensus for
the benefit of the Filipino people.
ND: And also, you mentioned the need to strengthen the nation's military to defend itself.
The assumption for this statement is hypothetical and is used by the
interviewer to draw what I think is best for the country and people
under conditions that I become president. The essential premise is that
there is already a just and lasting peace agreement which requires the
GPH and NDFP to cooperate in defending national sovereignty and
territorial integrity. Nevertheless, the NDFP has always upheld,
defended and promoted the national sovereignty of the people and the
territorial integrity of the Philippines.
ND: You also have a
scathing description of President Aquino and Sec. Deles. But they are
the two main decision makers in any peace nego for the government. How
then is a resumption of the talks with the two of them playing key
JMS: So long as there is yet no peace
agreement, not even a resumption of formal talks between the GPH and
NDFP negotiating panels, you can expect that certain circumstances can
arise now and then which motivate one side to make scathing remarks
against the other side or both side to exchange scathing remarks.
Aquino and Deles also make scathing remarks against the NDFP, CPP or NPA
now and then. At any rate, any word war is much lighter than the civil
war or armed conflict that has necessitated the peace negotiations.
is not always the case that I make scathing remarks. Right now, Deles
is making scathing remarks in the press against the NPA for launching
certain tactical offensives within the time scale of the unilateral SOMO
of the AFP. But the CPP, NPA and NDFP are bound only by its own
unilateral ceasefire declaration which has ceasefire dates different
from those of the AFP unilateral ceasefire. When the ceasefire dates of
the NPA and AFP coincide, the NPA has not made any tactical offensive
and has even gone to the extent of releasing its prisoners of war in
contrast to the GPH hoarding 14 NDFP consultants and 500 other political
prisoners on multiplied charges of rebellion and common crimes.
mix up and multiplication of charges of rebellion and common crimes are
in violation of the Hernandez political offense doctrine and the basic
right against being put in jeopardy of being punished twice or so many
times for one and the same alleged crime of seeking the overthrow of
the GPH or the Manila government. I say the Manila government to
emphasize the fact that the revolutionary movement is building in the
countryside a new government in the form of the local organs of