BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
The recent death of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison would be a new dawn for the country’s genuine quest for lasting peace, the Department of National Defense said.
According to the Department of National Defense in a statement that Joma Sison, who is considered to be “the greatest stumbling block of peace is gone.”
The CPP-NPA’s founder died in Utrecht, Netherlands. The medical bulletin for his illness is not available at press time, but report says Joma was confined at the hospital before his death at around 8:40 p.m. (Philippine time)
The said report of his demise was also confirmed by CPP chief information officer Marco Valbuena on Saturday (December 17).
“Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, founding chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines, passed away at around 8:40 p.m. (Philippine time) after two weeks of confinement in the hospital,” Valbuena confirmed.
The DND said in a statement: “A new era without Jose Maria Sison dawns for the Philippines, and we will all be better for it. The greatest stumbling block of peace for the Philippines is gone; let us now give peace a chance.
“His death deprived the Filipino people of the opportunity to bring this fugitive to justice under our country’s laws. “
“Sison was responsible for the deaths of thousands of our countrymen. Innocent civilians, soldiers, police, child and youth combatants died because of his bidding,” the DND claimed.
The communist leader has been in self-exile in the Netherlands since 1987.
The communist group has been leading a communist rebellion against the Philippine Government since December 1968. However, until the death of its founding leader, the group has not achieved anything from what they wanted.
Who is Joma?
Jose Maria Sison (Pebrero 8, 1939 – Disyembre 16, 2022) was known for his nickname Joma. He is a writer, teacher, politician and the founder of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army and National Democratic Front (NDF)
In 2002, the United States tagged Sison as “a man who supports terrorism.”
The CPP-NPA-NDF founder is facing multiple charges filed against him in the Philippines. The Philippine Government wants to arrest him dead or alive, for various criminal charges, according to wikipedia.com
Joma Sison was born on February 8, 1939 in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, from a well-known family who owns big lands, his family inherited from his forefathers, who have a blood line from Spain, Mexico, and Malay from Fujian, China.