Joma has fallen not in battle but a natural death
Teodoro ‘Ted’ Alcuitas
Jose ‘Joma’ Maria Sison died on December 16, 2022 in The Netherlands where he has been in self-exile since 1986. He was 83. He died after a two-week confinement in a hospital, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) spokesman Marco Valbuena announced. The cause of death was not disclosed.
The ageing ‘Ka Joma’ died the way he wrote in his poem: What Makes a Hero?”
“There is the hero who dies in the battlefield, There is the hero who dies of hunger and disease, There is the hero who dies of some accident, There is the hero who dies of old age.”
According to Ang Bayan, Sison died in a hospital in Utrech, Netherlands on Friday, ( Dec. 16) at 8:40 p.m., Philippine time. His death came barely 10 days before the 54th founding anniversary of the CPP on December 26.
“Of course, the passing of Ka Joma is a great loss for the Party and revolutionary movement,” Marco Valbuena, the CPP chief information officer, said in a statement. “But like the children taught, guided and trained by their Great Father, the Philippine revolutionaries can stand on their own feet,” he said.
Valbuena was reacting to a post on Facebook by the Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines stating that the CPP, its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), and political arm, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), would be “greatly weakened resulting from the death of their founder.”
“Due to their leadership vacuum, a leadership crisis within the underground organization of the CPP will significantly affect the whole communist movement,” according to the post.
But Valbuena said the courageous stand of CPP members “is a testament to [Sison’s] legacy that the Party and revolutionary movement remain strong, vibrant and determined to carry the struggle forward.”
Own share of problems
Like any other revolutionary movements, the CPP has its own share of mistakes and many have been disillusioned by its twists and turns including this writer. But whatever is it guilty of, there is no doubt that the causes for which it fought and still fighting for the past four decades is still existing – the abject poverty of the masses of people, the landless tillers of the land ,and many others that fuels the revolution.
We can only hope that the passing of Joma Sison who dedicated his whole life for the liberation of his country- my country, your country, will be fulfilled.
What Makes a Hero
By Jose Maria Sison
It is not the manner of death
That makes a hero.
It is the meaning of life drawn from the struggles against the foe.
There is the hero who dies in the battlefield, There is the hero who dies of hunger and disease, There is the hero who dies of some accident, There is the hero who dies of old age.
Whatever is the manner of death, There is the common denominator: A hero serves the people
To his very last breath.
Ang Pagiging Bayani
Hindi sa paraan ng kamatayan Ang pagiging bayani.
Ito’y kahulugang hinango
Sa mga pakikibaka sa kaaway.
May bayaning namamatay sa larangan ng labanan, May bayaning namamatay sa gutom at sakit,
May bayaning namamatay sa isang aksidente,
May bayaning namamatay sa katandaan.
Anuman ang paraan ng kamatayan, May pamantayan para sa lahat:
Ang bayani ay naglilingkod sa bayan Hanggang sa pinakahuli niyang hininga.
10 December 1977