Joma Sison: Enrile's book 'a pack of lies'
MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's memoir is a pack of lies, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison said Tuesday.
Sison, in a statement, said Enrile's autobiography distorts history by "whitewashing the martial law regime and absolving it of the gross and systematic human rights violations that it committed against the Filipino people."
He said Enrile admitted during the EDSA Revolution that his supposed ambush on September 22, 1972 was a fake.
"Now, he claims in his memoir that the ambush was real. He is engaged in flagrant lying," said Sison, who is living in exile in the Netherlands.
"In the memoir, he admits that he was the drafter of the martial law proclamation and general orders and played a major role as martial law administrator," he said. "He tries to absolve himself by heaping the blame on General Ver and Imelda Marcos for his eventual disaffection with the regime and in the process deflect attention from being a major partner of Marcos in imposing a greedy and brutal fascist dictatorship on the people for 14 years."
He also said Enrile dared victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime to face him in a debate despite a court judgment in the US finding the Marcos regime liable for human rights violations.
Sison: No hand in Plaza Miranda blast
Sison, who has been classified by the US as a "person supporting terrorism" since 2002, also insisted that he was not behind the Plaza Miranda bombing on August 21, 1971 that killed 9 people and injured 95 others, including Liberal Party leaders such as Jovito Salonga and Ramon Bagatsing.
Enrile discussed the Plaza Miranda bombing in his book.
Salonga, in his own autobiography, suspects that Sison and the CPP were behind the blast. Retired Major General Victor Corpus, a former New People's Army, had also accused Sison of ordering the bombing.
Sison, however, said the military failed to prove their accusation against him and the CPP before the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees.
"The Manila city prosecutors in a resolution on March 2, 1994 dismissed the charge as something based on sheer speculation," he said, also citing a certification from the Department of Justice dated April 20, 1998, confirming the dismissal of the charge against him.
Sison also downplayed the MV Karagatan incident in 1972 that involved the interception of a shipment of rifles from China to the NPA.
"As regards to the Karagatan incident, it was obviously an attempt of those opposed to the Marcos regime to bolster their strength against the US-supplied military," he claimed.
He also defended the Diliman Commune of 1971, wherein University of the Philippines students, teachesr and residents staged an uprising against the Marcos regime.
"Enrile declares that as early as in the inaugural address of his first term Marcos was already indicating his intention of proclaiming martial law eventually. And he states that the martial law regime was beneficial to the people and that Marcos was justified in proclaiming martial law," he said.
"The point about which Enrile is most consistent is his admission that he is a bastard. In his own narrative, he boasts of a sneaky ability to do anything in order to obtain power and wealth," Sison said.
'NDF wants just, lasting peace'
Sison, who is also chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front, told ANC Prime Time in a phone interview Wednesday night that the communist rebel forces remain keen on peace talks with the Philippine government.
"The peace negotiations between the Manila government and the NDF in principle, are going on," he said.
He said the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) between the NDF and the government "sets the validity, continuity of the talks."
"We expect that the Manila governmentwill eventually show up in peace negotiations after respecting certain agreements with regard to political prisoners who are NDF consultants, also with regard to release of hundreds of political prisoners," he said. "They should be relaesed because they were unjustly imprisoned. They were connected to the NPA and yet they were imprisoned and charged common crimes."
He said the NDF is clear on its demands.
"The NDF has laid on the table its cards on social and economic reforms (that must be made)," Sison said. "We have a draft of some 50 pages and this has been presented a long time ago. As soon as possible, the ideas about reforms should be discussed and shoudl be made."
"We have even begun to study what sort of political reforms should be adopted and carried out. Unfortunely, the failure of the Manila government to comply with existing greements has paralyzed the peace negotiations so many times," he said.
Sison said the NDF's objective in the peace talks "is to achieve just and lasting peace."