Unity talks in Philippine Left

December 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Luis Jalandoni, the head of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, has just arrived in the Philippines. One of the longest standing pillars of the 40 plus old Communist insurgency in Asia, Jalandoni came home for a “family reunion”.

What people don’t know is, Jalandoni is here to provide direction to the peace talks which will happen possibly by next year between the CPP-NPA-NDF and that of the Republic of the Philippines.

There are also indications of a possible unity talks between members of the Philippine Left who considered themselves as “rejectionists” with those of the “re-affirmists”. Since 1993, the two factions of the Socialist movement in the Philippines have been “at odds” over the correct strategy to be employed in changing the Philippines.

ONe faction, headed by Sonny Melencio of the Partido Lakas ng Masa, has extended his hand of solidarity with the “re-affirmists”. There are indications that Satur Ocampo, head of the Bayan Muna party, has agreed to open talks with the other side.

After twenty three years, would we finally see a unification of forces in the Philippine Left movement? Read Melencio’s groundbreaking work, ” Full Quarter Storm”, a memoir dedicated to the Philippine left movement. In the book, Melencio expressed his desire, albeit, his dream or hope, that someday, forces in the Left would eventually unify and consolidate their individual strength and form a potent force for change in the Philippines.


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