MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY TO FQSM
ON ITS THIRD CONGRESS
By Jose Maria Sison
Founding Chairman, Kabataang Makabayan
Chairperson, International League of People's Struggle
March 28, 2009
As founding chairperson of Kabataang Makabayan, which played a key
role in the First Quarter Storm of 1970, as well as current chairperson
of the International League of the International League of Peoples'
Struggle, I wish to convey the most militant greetings of solidarity to
the officers and members of the First Quarter Storm Movement (FQSM)
on the occasion of its Third Congress.
I congratulate you for having made significant educational, political and
organizational advances from year to year since your founding congress.
You have kept alive the revolutionary spirit, the principles and historic
acts of the great mass of activists in the First Quarter Storm of 1970.
You have raised high the red banner of the Filipino people's struggle for
national liberation and democracy against the triad evils of imperialism,
feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism. You have been outstanding in taking
up longstanding issues as well as new ones. In this regard, you have
done well in initiating projects and activities as well as in joining the
concerted mass actions against the oppressors and exploiters of the
You have organized on a nationwide scale the activists and sympathizers
who are proud to have contributed to the First Quarter Storm and who
have remained loyal to the just revolutionary cause of the people. You
have not only kept your mature ranks in the active service of the people
but you have also conscientiously linked yourself with younger generations
of activists in order to inspire, educate and militate them with the legacy
of the First Quarter Storm and with your continuing example.
I have read the final drafts of the two important documents which are to
be processed and approved by the Third Congress. The Orientation of the
First Quarter Storm Movement is comprehensive and precise in giving the
historical background, the rationale, the importance, role, components and
methods of the FQSM. The Three-Year Program of the FQSM (2009-2012)
clearly sets forth the main tasks and specific tasks to be carried out.
Having read these final drafts, I am confident that the Third Congress will be
successful in paving the way for the First Quarter Storm Movement to reach
new and higher level of development in terms of patriotic and progressive
consciousness, political effectiveness and organizational strength. Knowing
the dedication and abilities of the officers and members, I am certain that the
FQSM will become ever stronger in the years ahead in the course of struggle
against the US-Arroyo regime and succeeding regimes of the same kind.
It is of great importance and urgent necessity that the First Quarter Storm
Movement strengthen itself in an all-round way and raise the level of its
cooperation with all patriotic and progressive forces in advancing the national
democratic movement at this time when the crisis of the semi-colonial and
semi-feudal ruling system and that of the world capitalist system are worsening
at a rapid rate and extreme depth unprecedented since the Great Depression.
The crisis ensues from the super-exploitative character of monopoly capitalism
and the unravelling of the policy of “neoliberal globalization”.
At this time of severe crisis , the broad masses of the people undergo suffering
more terrible than ever before because the imperialists and local reactionaries
escalate oppression and exploitation. But the crisis goads the people to wage
resistance, exposes the rottenness and internal contradictions of the ruling
system and makes the ruling classes incapable of ruling in the old way. The
conditions become more fertile than ever before for the patriotic and progressive
forces of the people to grow in strength and advance on the road of revolutionary