For Angeli Bayani, this also meant scrambling for five gowns for red-carpet events
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 13, 2013 | 8:49 pm
Note: Angeli Bayani plays the female lead role, as Julie de Lima, in “The Guerrilla Is a Poet”–the film about Amado Guerrero (Jose Maria Sison). She stars in the Filipino film “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan”, and in the Singaporean film, “Ilo-ilo”. Both are entries in this year’s Cannes film festival, May 16-26, 2013.
It hit Angeli Bayani that she had nothing to wear for the Cannes fest only after securing a French visa last week.
“I realized that I had to attend at least five red-carpet events there,” she said.Read more
(Unang nalimbag ang akdang ito sa isyu 14 ng Philippine Collegian noong 19 Setyembre 2012.)
Para sa nakararaming Pilipino, inihuhudyat ng buwan ng Setyembre ang papalapit na panahon ng Kapaskuhan. Ngunit para sa mga nabuhay noong dekada ‘70, ipinaaalala ng Setyembre ang isa sa pinakamadilim na yugto sa kasaysayan ng lipunang Pilipino—ang pagpataw ng Batas Militar o Martial Law (ML).
Laganap na kahirapan, kabi-kabilaang korupsyon, malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao at tahasang pagsikil sa demokratikong karapatan ng mamamayan ang iniwang bakas ng ML sa naratibo ng bansa.
Gayunman, ang mismong lagim na inihasik ng ML ang lalong nagpasidhi at nagpaalab sa mga ningas ng pagbabago. Subalit apat na dekada matapos ang “kalayaan” at “pagbawi sa demokrasya,” ano na nga ba ang kalagayan ng nakararaming Pilipino?Read more
MANILA, Philippines — Exiled communist leaders on Wednesday blasted the memoirs of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile as a “pack of lies” intended to clear his name as one of the chief architects of Martial Law, which plunged the country into 14 years of dictatorship under Ferdinand Marcos.Read more
By IBON International
17 October 2012
Dakar – Leaders from the academe, student groups, trade union, women organizations, as well as former ministers and media practitioners from various West African countries paid tribute to the African hero and martyr Captain Thomas Sankara in an event co-organized by Africa Forum for Alternatives and the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) in Centre Bop, on October 15, 2012.Read more
By Wilson Lee Flores
The Philippine Star
(Will Soon Flourish)
19 August 2012
Is he the Fidel Castro, Mao Zedong and Che Guevara of the Philippines, or is he a terrorist and a misguided idealist? One of the most controversial persons in Philippine history, the Utrecht, Netherlands-based 73-year-old Professor Jose Maria “Joma” Sison is the founding chairman of the 44-year-old Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) and chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle.
Joma became well-known in the mid-1960s as co-founder of leftist Kabataang Makabayan (Patriotic Youth). Joma is co-founder of the CCP’s guerrilla-military arm the New People’s Army (NPA) which now still wages an insurgency in various regions of the country.Read more
By Elmer A. Ordoñez
The Manila Times.net
Published on 11 August 2012
Prof. Elmer Ordoñez: Undoubtedly, Jose Maria Sison’s Struggle for National Democracy (1967), a collection of speeches / lectures (including one delivered at the Philippine Military Academy) and Philippine Society and Revolution, 1970, had made him, according to Teodoro Agoncillo, one of the three most influential revolutionary leaders, after Andres Bonifacio and Crisanto Evangelista.
The Philippine PEN will have “The Writer as Public Intellectual” as the theme for its conference in December this year.
A definition of terms is expected at the gathering of writers who come from various disciplines or backgrounds. PEN was founded in the ‘20s by literary people like poets, essayists, and novelists. The acronym stands for these three genres they represented but there were also playwrights so PEN membership is not that limited. For one, the essay form is an open field and journalists, academics, editors and others have become members. Evidence of publication is routinely asked from prospective members.Read more
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
12 April 2012
The initiators of the Occupy Wall Street Movement have proclaimed themselves as anarchists since the beginning. They espouse the direct action of small groups to ignite the masses, the so-called leaderless movement and the supposed revolution that does not aim to replace the incumbent oppressive state with a new democratic or socialist state.Read more
By Elmer A. Odoñez
18 February 2012
¨The late 50s generation would pick up Recto’s nationalistic speeches including his call for a “second Propaganda Movement.” The new breed of student leaders like Jose Maria Sison, Pete Daroy, and Luis Teodoro were not intimidated by the military surveillance and witch hunts for communists in the faculty conducted, ironically, by Rep. Leonardo Perez as chair of the House committee on anti-Filipino activities in 1961. Huge demonstrations before Congress were led by UP Marxist-oriented student leaders in alliance with the liberal-minded president of the student council, Collegian editor Reynato Puno, and fraternity/sorority heads. By then the pioneers in Diliman had gone their own ways leaving the campus in continuous ferment spawning radical ideas that would lead to the rebellious sixties, the First Quarter Storm of 1970, the Diliman Commune in 1971, suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, and martial law in 1972.¨
The US government claims he’s a supporter of terrorism. Millions of others consider Sison a Marxist theorist and revolutionary
By Bill Fletcher Jr
22 January 2012
In 2002, seemingly out of nowhere, then US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that the USA henceforth considered the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and their armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to be terrorist organizations. Additionally, they labeled a long-time Philippine revolutionary leader and theorist—Jose Maria Sison—to be a supporter of terrorism. Sison had been living in exile in the Netherlands. This labeling, denounced immediately by civil liberties advocates in the USA, the Philippines and other parts of the world, has resulted in myriad of legal ramblings and complications for all those associated with the NDFP and CPP. What made this announcement by Powell so odd was that the conflict in the Philippines represented a long-running—and internationally recognized—civil war and the NDFP (and Sison) had been engaged in peace negotiations, a process that was certainly harmed by the Bush administration’s allegations. These allegations also emerged at a time of increasing usage by the US government of the label of “terrorist” or “supporter of terrorism” to describe opponents.Read more
By Jose Maria Sison
19 January 2012
“The Eezham people have a very direct obligation of fighting for their own sovereignty against a state that presumes to have a unitary power over them,” stressed veteran Filipino left ideologue, Prof. Jose Maria Sison.
In an exclusive interview to TamilNet on Sunday, Prof. Sison spoke on the questions of sovereignty of the Eezham Tamil nation, the protracted nature of genocide that Sri Lanka imposes on Tamils in their homelands, the principled position of leftists on the national question, and on the imperative to look beyond both the human rights and reconciliation paradigm. Prof. Sison, a long standing activist of the left movement in Philippines, criticised the Sri Lankan government’s military strategy as ‘barbaric’ and western governments for supporting this, and welcomed the Tamil Sovereignty Cognition declaration that aims to build solidarity among progressive forces.Read more