Remarks at the Launch of On the United Front
Book No. 8 in Sison Reader Series
By Jose Maria Sison, Author
At BAK, Utrecht, The Netherlands
April 24, 2022
Distinguished guests and friends,
I am happy that the Sison Reader Series has published On the United Front as Book 8. I thank the International Network for Philippine Studies for accomplishing this and to both the Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle and National Democratic Front of the Philippines for organizing this book launch as part of their founding anniversary celebrations. I congratulate the FFPS for celebrating its first founding anniversary and the NDFP for its 49th founding anniversary.
I welcome all who are participating in this book launch and convey to you warmest greetings of solidarity. I thank you for realizing this event with your participation. I convey special thanks to the book reviewer Batool Murad, for enhancing the significance of the event by sharing with us their views and helping us appreciate and evaluate the book.
The book focuses on the united front as one of the three most important and necessary weapons of the Filipino people in their new democratic revolution. Without this weapon, which is for the purpose of reaching, arousing, organizing and mobilizing the broad masses of the people in their millions, the revolution cannot grow in strength, advance and win total victory.
The other necessary weapons are the the revolutionary party of the proletariat, the Communist Party of the Philippines, which ensures the class leadership of the proletariat from the people’s democratic revolution to the socialist revolution; and the New People’s Army which is the main instrument for defeating the reactionary state or joint class dictatorship of the big comprador bourgeoisie and landlord class and for building the new revolutionary state of the workers, peasants and the rest of the people.
Since the promulgation of its Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution on December 26, 1968, the CPP has always been clear about the decisive importance and necessity of the united front, how this weapon can be constituted as a complement of armed struggle and how it can be wielded to serve mainly the armed struggle as well as other forms of struggle. On the widest scale in the Philippines, the national united front can be formed in accordance with the revolutionary class line of the proletariat.
As the current leading class of the Philippine revolution, the proletariat relies mainly on the basic alliance of the proletariat and the peasantry which constitute the majority of the people, wins over the urban petty bourgeoisie and the middle bourgeoisie and takes advantage of the splits among the reactionary classes of big compradors and landlords in order to isolate and destroy the power of the enemy, which is either the most reactionary faction in the civil war or the foreign imperialist aggressor in a war of national liberation.
At the base of the national united front, the proletariat must develop the anti-feudal united front in order to gain the participation of the peasant masses in the democratic revolution with the agrarian revolution as the main component. It must rely mainly on the poor peasants and farm workers, win over the middle peasants, neutralize the rich peasants, take advantage of the splits among the landlords and isolate and destroy the power of the despotic landlords.
Soon after its reestablishment in 1968, the CPP had the foresight to establish the Preparatory Commission for the formation of the National Democratic Front. By the time that Marcos proclaimed martial law in order to impose fascist dictatorship on the people in 1972, a revolutionary framework had already been prepared to accommodate the patriotic and progressive organizations that were illegalized and forced to go underground. Thus, the National Democratic Front was secretly established in Baguio City on April 24, 1973.
In the long run, the NDF has encompassed and integrated into its ranks patriotic and democratic classes, sectors, formations and individuals that belong in general to the Filipino people as well as to various ethno-linguistic communities, distinct national minorities and religious organizations. It has also developed underground cells and groups within conservative and reactionary institutions and organizations.
The NDF has gained mastery over the conditions, the principles and methods of developing the united front and the people’s democratic government in the Philippines for the purpose of advancing the people’s democratic revolution towards total victory as well as for responding to calls for peace negotiations and actually engaging in peace negotiations.
The NDF has also gained rich experience in applying the principles and methods of the united front on the international plane. It has engaged in bilateral and multilaterial relations of anti-imperialist solidarity and mutual support with revolutionary and progressive parties and alliances, national liberation movements, organizations of revolutionary classes and sectors and agencies of governments that are anti-imperialist or are interested in just peace and development.
The book that is now being launched, On the United Front, can be read and studied as a comprehensive and in-depth source of information and knowledge about the conceptualization and practice of the united front by the CPP, NDF and all the pertinent Philippine revolutionary organizations, cadres and activists.###