Biographies

INTRODUCTION FROM THE PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION


Jose Maria Sison with Rainer Werning

Strategic Value of the Philippines

To the United States, the Philippines is a country of great strategic value. It is a meaty and juicy economic appendage with a 5S million population and rich natural resources to exploit. Huge U.S. military bases arc main­tained in this country in order to preserve an economic and political system hospitable to U.S. and other foreign multinational firms and banks; and to project U.S. politico-military power to the whole of Southeast Asia, the Asia-Pacific region and farther afield, including the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.

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JOSE MARIA SISON: AT HOME IN THE WORLD, PORTRAIT OF A REVOLUTIONARY, CONVERSATIONS WITH NINOTCHKA ROSCA (GREENSBORO, N.C.: OPEN HOUSE PUBLISHING LLC, 2004), 259 PAGES.


Introduction: A Biographical Sketch

A Revolutionary Is Not a Terrorist

Fourteen points sum up the life of Jose Maria Sison in his complaint to the European Court of Justice demanding the removal of his name from the list of terrorists issued by the Council of the European Union. But no phrase in the 34-paged document indicates who or what Professor Sison is more than the demand that the Council of the European Union and Commission of the European Communities not only remove his name and person from the list but also pay him damages.

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A SHORT BIOGRAPHY


By Michael C. Williams
Development Studies
University of East Anglia

Source: Biographical Dictionary of Marxism
Edited by Robert A. Gorman, 1986.
London: Mansell Publishing Limited, 1986.

José Maria Sison was born on 8 February 1939 in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines.

He attended high school in Manila and graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1959.

He studied Indonesian language and literature in Djakarta in 1962 and returned to teach in Manila the following year. In 1964 he founded the Kabataang Makabayan (KM, National Youth) and was its national chairman until 1968.

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WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE: THE VIEW FROM A SMALL TOWN


by Ramon Sison
© 1996 by Ramon Sison and PHGLA
All rights reserved
Note of Jose Maria Sison:
This is a brief historical account of the Filipino-American War of 1899-1902 as it was fought out in my hometown Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. It was written by my brother the late Dr. Ramon C. Sison, a pathologist who had additional interests in historical research, music and painting. My great grandfather Don Leandro Serrano (father of my grandmother) and my grandfather Don Gorgonio Sison are mentioned here.

United States Commodore George Dewey landed in Manila on May 1, 1898. He was followed shortly by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo who came back from Hong Kong on May 19 and by Brig. Gen. Manuel Tinio the following month. On August 13, Tinio led his troops from Nueva Ecija to liberate Vigan. He arrived too late, however, and was greeted there by the llocos regional commanders, Col. Blas Villamor and Col. Juan Villamor, cousins from Bangued, Abra. The Spaniards had already surrendered to the llocanos.

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