Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison is alive, contrary to the claim of Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy in a Feb. 25 Facebook (FB) post.
This was confirmed by Sison himself in a statement sent to VERA Files Fact Check.
On Feb. 24, five individuals — referred to by state forces as members of CPP’s armed wing, the News People’s Army (NPA) — were slain in an alleged armed encounter in New Bataan, Davao De Oro. Among the fatalities was Chad Booc, a University of the Philippines alumnus and volunteer teacher at the Lumad school Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development.
The following day, Badoy, who is also a spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, published a 424-word FB post in which she likened Booc to Sison, calling both of them “terrorists.”
She wrote in part:
“Some people can’t be called ‘human’ and they have forfeited their right to live among people who revere and love life. Joma Sison is one of them. Buti deds na (It’s a relief [he’s] dead). And Chad Booc is another.”
Source: Lorraine Marie T. Badoy official Facebook account, “No Tears For Terrorists,” Feb. 25, 2022 (Archived)
The post has garnered 2,300 reactions, 172 comments, and 545 shares from netizens as of March 2.
“Buhay pa ako (I am still alive),” Sison emailed to VERA Files Fact Check on Feb. 27, two days after Badoy published her spurious post.
Sison said he served as a guest speaker in a recent online forum on fascism organized by the People’s Resource for International Solidarity and Mass Mobilization. The forum was streamed live on Feb. 26, starting at 9:35 p.m. Philippine time, on the FB page Peoples’ Fightback Against Fascism. It also had a live question and answer session with Sison.