Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, will reportedly come back to the Philippines after almost 30 years, but President-elect Rodrigo must meet his demands first.
According to Joma Sison, 77, some of the conditions that must be met upon his homecoming are the release of all political prisoners, ceasefire, and the resume of peace talks between the government and CPP-NPA.
Incumbent President Benigno Aquino III revived peace talks soon after taking office in 2010, but halted the process in 2013, after saying that the rebels are insincere with their efforts to achieve a political settlement. The communists demanded the release of scores of their jailed comrades whom they described as “political prisoners”, which the Aquino government rejected.
Joma Sison went into exile in the Netherlands after the Marcos regime ended in 1987 where he is seeking asylum as a political refugee. The incoming president had numerous talks with the founder of the communist group. Duterte was Sison’s former student in Lyceum University. The political science professor established the party in December 1968 and it launched a guerrilla campaign three months later. The rebellion has left at least 30,000 people dead, by official account.
Currently, CPP-NPA soldiers are down to 4,000 compared to 26,000 count during its peak.