Jose Ma. Sison

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz One of the most quoted maxims in politics is: “There are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.” But regardless of whether you’re dealing with a friend or an enemy, the one that could earn dividends is the mantra: “Don’t burn your bridges because you’ll never know when you would need them.” American presidents since the beginning of the Read More …

August 21: Left in 1971, right before the grenade attack; right in 1983, right after a soldier shot Ninoy point -blank in the head.

By RIGOBERTO TIGLAO The Manila Times August 21 is the most significant date in our post-war history, when two historic, connected events happened, the consequences of which make up our messy present. First: The Plaza Miranda bombing on August 21, 1971. Four grenades were hurled at the stage of the Liberal Party’ grand miting de avance, killing nine and wounding 95 others. Many of the Read More …

CPP Chairman Jose Ma. Sison and NDF head negotiator Luis Jalandoni

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas  For years, the Philippine government has pursued peace talks with both the communist and Muslim rebels in the hope of finally ending these decades-long insurgencies and giving the economy the breathing room it needs to grow. Peace panels from the time of President Ramos have sat down with negotiators of the National Democratic Front and the Moro Islamic Read More …

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SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Bobit S. Avila The Philippine Star Didn’t we tell you that the Year 2013 is the year that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) would try to achieve their dream of overthrowing the Philippine government through a strategic stalemate? Last Jan. 27 nine persons were killed in an ambush in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, a mere 28 kilometers south of Bacolod Read More …

By Florante S. Solmerin Manila Standard Today RONALD Llamas, the controversial political adviser of President Benigno Aquino III, on Friday said the Democratic Left was gaining influence in the government with its push for peaceful reforms while the Communist extremists were becoming irrelevant with their call for armed revolution. Llamas said the Democratic Left had slowly but steadily established itself as a significant force and Read More …

By Erick San Juan Out of the blue, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has secretly offered President Benigno S. Aquino III, a “coalition government” that would allegedly lead to an instant ceasefire and a peace deal, with talks on political and economic reforms to follow later, said chief rebel negotiator, Luis Jalandoni (AFP-Sunday Bulletin, Sept. 4, 2011). Agence France Presse confirmed that a Read More …