Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison claims he will be coming home if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wins the presidential seat in the 2-2016 elections.
Sison is the former teacher of Duterte when the latter was studying at the Lyceum of the Philippines during the 1960s. Sison said that Duterte is his student in Political Thought and considers him as outstanding and enthusiastic, especially when it comes to discussing national issues. He also recalls Duterte not getting a grade higher than 95 percent.
However, when asked, Sison said that he is not endorsing Duterte as a presidential candidate, saying that the mayor has already made a name for himself. “You have to credit him for adopting the strategic line for arousing and mobilizing the electorate. He is for change and is against the rotten government, corruption and criminality, especially drugs. He has been effective in drawing the interest of the masses and mass media. His meetings are huge and he has charisma.”
Sison explained that speaking well about Duterte does not mean he is already endorsing him. He also emphasized that being the chief political consultant of the NDFP, he cannot endorse Duterte or the electoral process of the ruling system. “I can thank him for facilitating the release of prisoners of war in the custody of the NPA and further talk to him like any other presidential candidate about prospects of the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations. I would be glad to talk to Grace in the same way if there is any opportunity.”
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has said, during his interview with Radyo Inquirer, that Duterte is the candidate endorsed by the progressive and leftist groups, including Makabayan block.
However, Sison revealed that the Makabayan Coalition supports Grace Poe.
According to Sison, the reason why many Filipinos are for Duterte is because he was able to “capture the sentiment of the people about the need for change.” The number of supporters Duterte is getting is equal to the number of people who are already fed up by the current administration led by President Benigno Aquino III.