PISTON gives tribute and recognition to the life and contributions of Prof. Jose Maria “Ka Joma” Sison, a patriot, revolutionary, and beacon of the national democratic struggle of the Filipino masses.
Ka Joma’s life and struggles urge every patriotic transport worker to continue studying the Filipino society and fighting against the rotten and exploitative ruling comprador bourgeoisie, imperialists, and the oppressive rule of feudal landlords.
Ka Joma was one of those who called for armed resistance for social change in the 60s. It cannot be denied that the continuing armed struggle in the country only proves that the Philippine government has failed in the last five decades to meet the legitimate demands of the suffering Filipino masses.
May the life and struggle of Ka Joma serve as an inspiration. Let’s carry forward the fight against the corrupt bureaucrats and the big corporations working together to take us off our routes and rob us of our livelihoods. Let us counter the destructive attacks against our organizations and collective actions. Struggling and fighting against the system that deliberately sinks us into poverty is not terrorism. Seeking meaningful change and a just and free society is not terrorism.
With the passing of Ka Joma, PISTON once again calls for the continuation of the Peace Talks between the government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Let us continue the fight for a just and lasting peace.