Peace Forum and Book
Launching, A Success
Filipinos and friends gather to discuss peace prospects in the Philippines
and JMS book launch
The cold rains were nothing compared to the glow of warm solidarity.
More than 100 Filipinos and friends attended a forum on human rights and
peace in the Philippines as well as the book launching of Prof. Jose Maria
Sison’s Selected Works. Other solidarity friends and guests included Prof.
Hairung of Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, YC Chen of Local Action,
Choi Fung and Terry of Anonymous A8 as well as Necta Montes and Sunita
Suna of the World Student Christian Federation Asia Pacific.
The forum, organized by the Hong Kong Campaign for the Advancement of
Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines, focused on the prospects of
human rights and peace in the Philippines. Atty. Remigio Saladero Jr of
PRO-LABOR Center, Fidel Agcaoili of the negotiating panel of the National
Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and Hon. Leung Kwok-Hung of
the League of Social Democrats composed the panel of speakers
Atty. Saladero, himself a people’s lawyer and social activist, discussed
about his ordeal as a target of the Philippine government’s political
persecution. He further related this attack on legal activists to the
spate of extrajudicial killings and the over-all counter-insurgency
campaign of the Gloria Arroyo regime.
Fidel Agcaoili expounded on the history and prospects of the peace talks
between the NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines
(GRP). He highlighted how the peace talks came about and how the GRP has
time and again violated the many agreements that both parties have agreed
on. He said that there is a possible resumption of the peace negotiations
should the GRP heed to some of the NDFP’s demands.
Leung Kwok-Hung, also known to many as Long Hair, shared his experiences
in the Philippine solidarity movement. He expressed how important the
Philippine struggle has been while paying homage to all those who have
sacrificed their lives to the cause.
Following the open forum, Likha Filipino Migrant Cultural Organization
rendered a performance interpreting Prof. Sison’s sung poem “What Makes A
The second event of the program was the launching of Prof. Sison’s books
collectively titled Selected Works (1991-2009). This event is organized by
the Hong Kong Committee to Defend the Democratic Rights of Prof. Jose
Maria Sison, or HK Defend.
Ramon Bultron, a convenor of HK Defend, shared with the people the
importance of launching Prof. Sison’s books. As we are faced with the
global recession, he said, it is very important to be provided with Prof.
Sison’s perspective, through his book, on the crisis of imperialist
globalization and the need for the people to struggle.
Thanks to technology, we were able to converse with Prof. Sison who came
online to share his views on his books and willingly answer questions at
the same time.
The first two of his Selected Works were released that time: For Justice,
Socialism and Peace and For Democracy and Socialism against Imperialist
Globalization. The next two books will follow.
It was indeed an afternoon that provided many supporters of the Filipino
people’s cause with a glimpse of not only the reality of the people’s
suffering but of their courage and willingness to struggle.