Jose Maria Sison (JMS), Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front, answers the questions of Filipino journalist Inday Espina Varona (IEV). October 4, 2015 IEV: I’d like to get your reactions, insights of several issues related to the ongoing lumad crisis in Mindanao. Thank you. What is the “Lumpong” or “Magdeal-lay Agreement”? (Datus friendly to the government armed forces are claiming this was an agreement forged in 1994 at Lianga Bay, between the CPP/NPA and tribal leaders, on guidelines re negotiation with investors and contractors in lumad territory. (Mining, forestry, plantations, etc. One of the datus allegedly present in these talks, Datu Sibugan, or Marcial Belandres, is very bitter towards the underground left.)
by Quincy Saul http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/25/from-manila-to-mindanao-with-marx-and-mao-talking-with-talking-with-jose-maria-sison/ September 25, 2015 José María Sison, the founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (described by the New York Times as “the world’s longest running communist insurgency”) goes into detail with Counterpunch about the theories of liberation which guide him and millions of others toward the horizon of a more just and sustainable world. From Marxism to Maoism, from today’s environmental crisis to the ancestral traditions of indigenous peoples, from peace to protracted war, “one of the last real revolutionaries standing,” as Jeffrey St. Clair calls him, weighs in, – with clarity, history, vision and humor – bringing us burning answers to the burning questions of our times.