On Sionil Jose’s theoretically correct but historically wrong take on the revolution

Opinion & Analysis Philippines Jan 11, 2019 at 4:52 pm

on-sionil-joses-theoretically-correct-but-historically-wrong-opinion-on-the-revolution-jan-4-2019_33BAC6B890D54278B75341B4654757F7By Regletto Aldrich Imbong

In a commentary published by the Philippine Star last December 28, 2018, F. Sionil Jose argued the non-necessity of being a communist in making a revolution.

In this article, he discussed 4 correct points. First, that our country, “tyrannized by a corrupt political system,” needs a revolution, from way before 1968, the founding year of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Second, that a revolution is a “class war.” Third, that during the Marcos dictatorial regime, the New People’s Army (NPA) was a “formidable opposition to the dictatorship.” And fourth, that a revolution unites the people, with a “revolutionary party that is grounded in reality and has the support of the people.”

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