Jose Maria Sison: We will talk if gov’t shows sobriety, willingness


Joma Sison. FILE PHOTO

LUCENA CITY, Philippines—Sobriety and the willingness to talk could break the deadlock on the peace negotiations between the Aquino administration and the communist insurgents, self-exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison said on Wednesday.

“If the GPH (Government of the Philippines) somehow shows sobriety and willingness to talk, the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) will not hesitate to open wide the door for peace negotiations between the duly-authorized panels,” Sison, NDFP chief political consultant, said in reply to an e-mail question on whether the communist panel plans to invite government representatives to an informal meeting to settle the kinks hindering the resumption of the peace negotiation.

Sison maintained it was the government, specifically pointing to Teresita Deles, the presidential adviser on the peace process, who announced the termination of the peace negotiations last April.

“It should be the GPH side, especially at the level of President Aquino, who should send us an emissary who is mutually respected by the GPH and NDFP,” said Sison, who is now living in self-exile in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

He said President Aquino can also send a “positive message to the NDFP” through Royal Norwegian Government (RNG) Special Envoy Ture Lundh. RNG has been facilitating the on and off negotiations since 2001.

“Sooner than you expect, the NDFP panel might even be the one sending someone to Manila to ascertain what is the real sentiment of President Aquino,” he told the Inquirer.

Sison noted that the NDFP panel “has no record of rejecting a mutually respected emissary.”

“The NDFP has also repeatedly declared that the peace negotiations are in principle going on if no side has given a formal notice of termination to the other side,” Sison asserted.

The NDFP is the political arm of the CPP. Its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), has been waging sporadic war against the government for the past 44 years, considered as the world’s longest-running Maoist inspired rebellion.

When asked what the government should do to show its sincerity and what the NDFP has to give in return to the gesture, Sison said the “GPH should show willingness to comply with existing agreements.”

“If it does not, the NDFP sees no point in negotiating and making agreements with the GPH,” Sison added.

Negotiations between the communist rebels and the government have been stalled since 2004.

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  • Earl Gates

    “Peace negotiations and compliance with existing agreements are necessary to move forward in implementing much-needed social and economic reforms, which will improve the lives of the vast majority of Filipinos.”

    1. Marami nang mahihirap na bumuti ang buhay katulad ng mga OFWs.

    2. Sino-sino ba ang mahihirap sa Pinas kundi yung mga maraming anak.

    3. Katamaran ang dahilan kung bakit marami parin ang naghihirap.

    4. Ayaw nang magtanim at magsaka at mag-alaga ng hayop sa probinsiya at nagpupuntahan na lang sa Maynila kahit pa tumira na lang sa mga estero.

    “The Philippines should shift its focus from internal security operations to external defense.”

    1. Big Why? Do you want to prepare for an impending war?

    2. We don’t have the capability and resources to develop our own air defense system? You have no idea how much it cost. Okay I will tell you because I’m working on this field. 1 pc. of antenna element for (Radar Phase

    Array Antenna) the size smaller than Ligo sardines can (lata) cost around 1.26 Million Pesos. one (1) ordinary circuit board half the size of A4 paper come cheap as P830,000.00, simple lang na electronics yan ha.

    “The Philippines can save billions of dollars by forging peace agreements with local armed groups.”

    1. How, if you want to focus on external defense which can cost hundreds of billion Pesos if not trillion?

    2. Unrealistic! We might just need boy scouts kung wala nang local armed groups.

    3. Local armed groups don’t want peace or livelihood. What they want is to become rich without hardship.

    4. Many of these armed groups are just former criminals turned rebels.

    5. Many of them are not fighting for a cause.

    “The tyranny of the political dynasties is the major cause of instability and armed conflict in the Philippines. They are the biggest extortionists. Inclusive economic growth is being obstructed by the political dynasties despite the political rhetoric and campaign promises of leaders who belong to powerful clans. Peace and progress in the Philippines will be difficult to achieve as long as the political dynasties dominate Congress and the Presidency.”

    1. You are wrong! The root cause of these problems are created by different groups not only from the government sides (i.e: political groups, the capitalist, the elites, corrupt military personnel, crook government officials and unpatriotic right wing and leftwing.

    “Manipulated and sham elections keep the political dynasties in power. The Philippines is a failed state. Filipinos are voting with their feet and many who want better opportunities and a brighter future are leaving the country by the thousands.”

    1. You are right and wrong. Yes, different forms of widespread manipulation do occurs but remember na maraming ordinaryong mamamayang Pilipino rin ang nagpapagamit at gustong makinabang.So, part nang kasalanan ay dahil din sa mga nababayaran.

    2. Philippines is not a failed state. You better see countries in Africa where ethnic cleansing,chaos and famine have already erased millions of lives aside from negative economic growth.

    3. We are like Chinese, better read the history. Chinese travelled abroad to seek for better opportunity and that started long long time ago.

    4. You considered OFWs as problem? OFWs must be considered heroes for serving his country by enduring the hardship, sacrifices and loneliness of working abroad. OFWs are the front movers of Philippine economy and they

    have the all the right to have a better life and better future for their love-ones.

    “The manufactured war on terror, maritime territorial disputes, and the superpower pivot and rebalance in the Asia Pacific are being used as pretexts or justifications for foreign hegemony and increasing foreign military

    presence in the Philippines. The Philippines must not be overly dependent on its traditional allies and defense treaty partners for its external defense since foreign countries are expected to look out for their own strategic interests and economic interests or trade relations and they might be unwilling to provide military assistance to the Philippines or they might not want to put too much attention or importance to the security needs of the Philippines.”

    1. No man is an island. Be realistic! Di sana Japanese na tayo ngayon.

    2. Even the rich and capable countries form ties and partnership with other countries for national defense security and territorial sovereignity.

    3. You may be right because why we don’t have an R&D so that we can develop and build our own military equipment just like India,China and Taiwan. Part of military budget should have been allocated for R&D and manufacturing our own military equipment. The main problem kahit may pera, we have no capability to create hard metal for military hardware.

  • Noel Noel Munro

    Pnoy you dont have to talk to this assholesNPA they’ve been talking to the government since your mother was in power but look at them they are still deceiving people. You have used them and they have used you everybody knows that. time to shutdfuck their mouth up just execute their leaders and recruiters like Akbayan group. you dont need to go to the mountains to find them ts right there in your face. If we want to fast track our country’s progress we have to eliminate this communist fanatics and terrorist.

  • R_RR

    MR. MALLARI of Inquirer, I am angry at you. Don’t be a fool and be used as a tool by these traitors@!!!!

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    basurero lang pala yung kinakausap natin don…

  • positivenews

    @ Delfin T. Mallari Jr… what is with the photo of JOMA SISON? Why not use a photo of him in his nice office? house?… some sort of publicity? hmmm.. i smell something fishy…

  • WoBushi

    Looking at his picture, JOMA looks a smorgasbord Chinese; he
    cannot be real for the Filipino common man. Rizal had Chinese blood too, but he
    looked Malay, not yellow (at least in pictures). What has gotten into JOMA’s
    rotting head? A chronic welfare recipient in The Netherlands now wants the PH
    government hostage, and desires control of the directions of the peace
    negotiation?! Is this government really positive it has the right mahout across
    the table?

  • Patikotiko

    Sorry Sir, expect no talks coming. You will forever live there and no chance to go back here.

  • Akoaykanoy

    Why negotiate with this guy he is out of the country. RPI should file an extradition if your country has an extradtion with the Netherlands.

  • $31552910

    The Asian Development Bank reported that an estimated seven million Filipinos, about 17 percent of the work force, left the Philippines to search for overseas employment. Many Filipinos have become victims of sex-trafficking or are employed as domestic helpers in foreign countries. The dynasty-friendly economic policies of the Philippine government have made the traditional ruling clans richer and left the vast majority of Filipinos much poorer and with limited employment opportunities. Thousands of Filipinos are dying from hunger or illness because of extreme poverty. Without genuine inclusive economic growth and respect for human rights, peace and prosperity will be difficult to achieve.

    • wency

      So, the war must continue?

  • RomyLitz

    The communist are not Philippines priority, but must be treated as modern day bandits or criminals. Time to wipe them out for good. They are irrelevant since the beginning of their baloney ideology.

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