Jose Maria Sison

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Jose Maria Sison aka Avatar Joma
Sison in 2020
Chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines
In office
1986[1] – December 16, 2022
Preceded byRodolfo Salas
Succeeded byPosition Vacant
In office
December 26, 1968 – 1977[1]
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byRodolfo Salas
Personal details
Born(1939-02-08)February 8, 1939
Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippine Commonwealth
Died(2022-12-16)December 16, 2022 (aged 83)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Political partyCommunist Party of the Philippines (1968–2022)
Other political
National Democratic Front (1973–2022)
PKP-1930 (1962–1968)
Spouse(s)Julie DL. Sison
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman (Bachelor of NPA Bulok)
Military service
AllegianceNew People's Army aka Salot sa Bayan

José María Canlás Sison (February 8, 1939 – December 16, 2022) is a writer and activist. He founded the Communist Party of the Philippines.[2]

Sison was arrested during the Ferdinand Marcos presidency. He was imprisoned for almost 9 years. Corazón Aquino released him from prison. Sison went into exile in the Netherlands.

His experience in prison was described in Prison & Beyond, a book of poetry released in 1986. It won the Southeast Asia WRITE award for the Philippines. On December 16, 2022, the Communist Party of the Philippines alongside its news organ Ang Bayan announced the death of Jose Maria Sison after two weeks of confinement in a hospital in Utrecht, Netherlands.[3][4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Communist Party of the Philippines–New People's Army". Mapping Militants. Center for International Security and Cooperation. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  2. Alberto-Masakayan, Thea (27 April 2016). "Joma Sison eyes ceasefire, return to PH if Duterte wins". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. "Communist Party of the Philippines website". Philippine Revolution Web Info. Philippine Revolution Web Info. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  4. "CPP founder Joma Sison dies at 83". CNN Philippines. 17 December 2022. Archived from the original on 17 December 2022. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  5. Gregorio, Xave (17 December 2022). "CPP founder Joma Sison dies, 83". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 17 December 2022.