Palace: Sison, an ‘illusionist’ waging a ‘failed rebellion’

Published January 3, 2019, 2:27 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Genalyn Kabiling

Communist leader Jose Maria Sison has become an “illusionist” waging a “failed rebellion” against the government, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo tried to dismiss Sison’s latest threat seeking the ouster of President Duterte this year, insisting that the exiled communist leader was out of touch with reality.

“Just like the rebel senator, he is an illusionist, a visionary that has become illusory. Palagay ko panahon na na magkaroon siya ng enlightenment [I think it’s time for him to have enlightenment],” he said during a Palace press briefing.

“But I don’t blame him, given the fact that he is how many thousand miles away. Wala talaga siya sa reyalidad eh. Hindi niya nakikita ang nangyayari dito sa Pilipinas [He’s not really in touch with reality. He does not see what’s happening in the Philippines],” he added.

Panelo said Sison should have finally realize that his rebellion has only brought more suffering to the people.

“His is a failed rebellion. It’s about time that he realizes that fact that 50 years of rebellion has not borne any fruits in so far as the intention of the rebellion he has launched is concerned,” he said.

“In fact the very people that he has sought to fight for, eh sila ang nagiging biktima ng kanilang ginagawa [are the victims of their actions],” he added.

Sison, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, earlier announced that the ouster of President Duterte would be the principal work of the group in 2019.

Sison, currently living in exile in the Netherlands, said the communist group would cooperate with possible allies “to isolate and oust the Duterte regime from power.”

Panelo admitted that while Sison does not pose an imminent threat, the military would deal with the armed rebels who threaten peace and order on the ground.

“Wala naman talagang maselan na threat iyong… kay Sison mismo [There is really no particular threat from Ssion],” he said.

“Pero iyong nasa ground na sila ang gumagawa ng mga pagsalakay, iyon ang mga banta – but ready naman ang ating Armed Forces diyan [but those on the ground who are carrying out attacks are the threat but the Armed Forces are ready to deal with them],” he added.