Manila Times columnist slams Joma Sison for not being in the “trenches of the Revolution”

Manila Times columnist Rigoberto “Bobi”  Tiglao furiously calls out the illegitimacy Jose Maria (Joma) Sison, founder and leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), to represent the said revolutionary group because according to Tiglao, Joma Sison did not fight alongside his comrades in the battlefields for the most of life.
Joma Sison / Photo from Philippine Star

The CPP-NPA-NDF is currently in long protracted warfare with the Government of Republic of Philippines (GRP). 

Tiglao through, Facebook post, said that compared to other revolutionaries, Sison for the most of life as a revolutionary, spent his life in prison or as an asylum seeker in Netherlands. 

He seems to be implying that his lack of connection to the movement delegitimizes his capacity and validity to represent the movement. 

The article ended with what seems to be Tiglao sarcastically remarking that Rappler’s action of publishing Joma Sison’s “long rant” against the President Rodrigo Duterte as “amazing”.

Here is the full text of the post:

"CPP FOUNDER HAS BEEN IN THE NETHERLANDS FOR 30 YEARS NOW

“I cannot fathom why people, especially communists and media still listen to Joma Sison. He was in prison 9 years (captured 1977 by Marcos and released by Cory in 1986).

He has been in the Netherlands since 1987, or for thirty long years, or for most of his adult working life.

That means for 39 years he was either secluded in prison or enjoying a Dutch lifestyle.

How long siya nakikibaka with his comrades in Pinas?

Counting from 1968, when he founded the CPP, to his arrest in 1977, that's just NINE years. And most of this time -- from the declaration of martial law to his arrest -- he was living very comfortably in safe-houses in Metro Manila, not even in provincial cities.

Contrast that to my old comrades ex-party chairman Benny Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria who spent 43 years in the urban underground (when they were members of the Manila Rizal Party committee) and then in the jungles as guerrillas until capture in 2014.

So this revolutionary leader -- that's what he calls himself -- spent three-fourths of his "revolutionary" days not in the trenches of the Revolution.

And he has the gall to talk about undertaking Revolution in the Philippines?

And the foreign- and oligarch-financed Rappler published his long rant against the Republic's President? Amazing.”


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