Friday, August 6, 2010

Jose Maria Sison, a Short Bio

by Alexander Martin Remollino

Joma Sison
He has been many things: a university professor, a poet, an essayist, and a political analyst. He was the secretary-general of the Movement for the Advancement of Nationalism (MAN). But he is best known as the founding chairman of the reestablished CPP. From being chairman of the KM which he led in founding in 1964, he went underground in 1968, the year the CPP was reestablished. He continued writing even while underground, and is the author of the landmark book Philippine Society and Revolution. He was arrested in 1977, heavily tortured and held incommunicado for a long time. Upon his release in 1986 following the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship, he led in founding the PnB. He had plans of rejoining the underground but the Aquino government cancelled his passport while he was on a speaking tour in Europe. He applied for and was granted political asylum in The Netherlands, where he has had to live since then. He is the chief political consultant of the NDFP, and in 2005 was elected chairman of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS).


Excerpts Source:

Remollino, Alexander Martin. "Twenty People Who Made EDSA I Possible." Bulatlat. Vol. 6, No. 3. Feb. 19-25, 2006.

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