Joma: Global meltdown chance for CPP to grow
Article posted December 23, 2008 - 07:20 AM
MANILA, Philippines - The global financial meltdown may yet be the
biggest chance for the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to
grow, its founding chairman said Tuesday.
CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison called for an accelerated recruitment
of members to the CPP so it can take the "new great leap" in the Philippine
"The CPP has a sound organization of cadres and members. This can be
the basis for a well-planned accelerated growth of the CPP organization.
Tens of thousands of cadres and hundreds of thousands of members
are needed for a new great leap in the advance of the Philippine revolution.
There are gigantic tasks ahead for the CPP," he said in a statement posted
on the CPP website, three days before the CPP was to mark its 40th
He said the bankruptcies of US-instigated policies of "neoliberal globalization"
and "war on terror" have resulted in an unprecedented rapid worsening
of the crisis of the world capitalist system and the Philippine ruling system.
"The crisis conditions inflict terrible suffering on the people but also incite
them to wage revolutionary struggle. They are therefore favorable for the
rapid growth of the Communist Party of the Philippines and other organized
revolutionary forces of the Filipino people," he said.
Sison said that as CPP founding chairman, he shared the joy of the CPP in
celebrating all the struggles waged and all the victories in the last four
He said that in the ideological field, the CPP integrated the theory of
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism with the concrete conditions and concrete
practice of the Philippine revolution.
The CPP has also educated well its cadres and members in adopting
the Marxist-Leninist stand, viewpoint and method, he said.
"The CPP criticizes and repudiates modern revisionism and subjectivism,
be it dogmatism or empiricism. It is well known for periodic and timely
criticism and self-criticism in order to strengthen its unity and make its
work more effective than ever. It has carried out great rectification
movements as campaigns of education to clarify basic principles, policies
and line, to rectify major errors and to set forth new tasks in order to
advance the revolutionary process," he said.
Also, Sison congratulated the CPP for its victories in the political field
where it "aroused, organized and mobilized" millions of people in the
urban and rural areas.
He said the CPP had engaged in mass education and agitation on a
wide scale, while its cadres and members are at the core and leadership
of the revolutionary mass movement.
"They have built mass organizations for workers, peasants, women,
youth, professionals, cultural activists and others. The CPP has engaged
in broad mass mobilizations, including those for ousting the Marcos and
Estrada regimes and those opposing unequal treaties with foreign
powers, human rights violations and change of 1987 constitution
to make it even more anti-national and anti-democratic," he said.
On the other hand, he said the New People's Army (NPA) has been
the largest revolutionary army since the Philippine revolution of 1896.
"The revolutionary armed struggle is integrated with land reform and
mass base building. All three integral components are meant to contribute
to the realization of the strategic line of encircling the cities from the
countryside until the people's army is strong enough to seize the cities
and other strongholds of the enemy on a nationwide scale," he said.
With the support of the NPA, he said, the CPP has been able to build
in thousands of villages the organs of political power and mass organizations
for workers, peasants, women, youth and cultural activists in the countryside.
Also, he cited the alliance of the patriotic forces, including the middle bourgeoisie.
"The CPP has tens of thousands of members, mainly from the workers and
peasants. It has drawn the most advanced elements from the mass movement
of workers, peasants, women, youth and cultural activists. It has admitted to
its ranks the educated youth, who come mainly from the urban petty bourgeoisie
but who are willing to remould themselves into proletarian revolutionaries through
revolutionary study and practice in the service of the people," he said. -
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