Photo taken after the screening of and forum on the film “The Guerrilla Is a Poet” at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Theatre in Manila yesterday, December 13. Prof. Jose Maria Sison (the subject of the film) answered questions from the audience.The event was organized by Bayan Philippines and the PUP Center for Culture and the Arts.
Detention and Defiance Against Dictatorship, the latest book of Jose Maria Sison, was launched on December 3, 2014 at the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Information Office in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The book contains Sison’s selected writings while in detention in 1977-1986 during the notorious Marcos dictatorship. The book launching was co-organized by the Filipino Refugees in the Netherlands (FREN), International Network for Philippine Studies (INPS) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Information Office to coincide with the commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners. The event was well-attended by Filipino and international guests. They were treated to a short program of interesting speeches and cultural numbers. Prominent Dutch lawyer Michiel Pestman, Rose Bernabe PhD, and NDFP Political Consultant Vic Ladlad gave very interesting book reviews. Julieta de Lima-Sison, Chairperson of the INPS, publisher of the book, spoke about the project of the INPS to publish 5 volumes of Sison’s selected writings spanning different periods of his life. The latest book contains Sison’s writings while in detention during the Marcos dictatorship. These writings were smuggled out from prison through the most creative of means to evade the watchful eyes of guards assigned to secure the dictator’s most prized political prisoner. According to De Lima-Sison, his writings were an expression of Sison’s defiance against the oppressive dictatorship despite the various types of torture he endured without being broken. His writings while in prison served as guide to the revolutionary movement outside the prison walls that played a key role in the eventual overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986. Michiel Pestman has been Sison’s long-time lawyer in some of his difficult cases. In 2007, he successfully defended Sison and caused his release from detention in The Hague on trumped-up charges instigated by Manila. [more]
Video Documentary: Joma Bilang Kabataang Aktibista (Joma as a Young Activist) Produced by Euro-Philippines Inter Cultural Solidarity (EPICS) in cooperation with Point of View (POV) Productions and Internationals Network for Philippine Studies (Stiching I.N.P.S.). Directed by Mitchy Mallorca Saturay. Written by Ruth de Leon and Ilena Saturay.
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Read at the International Development Studies at the Utrecht University, 17 November 2014 By Prof. Jose Maria Sison Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines Chief Political Consultant, NDFP Negotiating Panel I thank Prof. Robert Fletcher and the International Development Studies Program for the invitation to speak on the role of activism in relation to development issues in the Philippines.