Joma Sison addresses Baguio students
Posted by editors under general , Baguio City , international
14 September 2008
BAGUIO CITY -- After 22 years, Professor Jose Maria Sison once again
addressed students of the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB)
via video conference at a forum conducted Thursday at the UPB Bulwagang
The forum, The Role of Neoliberal Globalization in the Worsening
Economic Crisis Of the Philippines, was hosted by The League of
Filipino Students (LFS), Anakbayan, and the UPB University Student
Council – Nationalist Corps and the Politically Inclined Students,
with Sison as its guest speaker.
JOMA MANIA. Student activists pose with Professor Jose Maria Sison,
via live video conferencing during the forum on the role of neoliberal
globalization at the University of the Philippines Baguio Thursday.
Intended to solve the issue of stagflation, Sison said, “it is
a policy of deception, misrepresenting monopoly capitalism as
free market capitalism.”
“No to social welfare but yes to corporate welfare. No to social
spending but yes to military spending,” said Sison of the neoliberals’
slogan which caused de-nationalization of economies of underdeveloped
countries such as the Philippines.
Under the administrations which conceded with the neoliberal
policy, Sison said the situation of the Philippines had gone from
bad to worse. “The semi-colonial and semi-feudal character of
the Philippines had been aggravated and deepened,” stated Sison
in his speech.
“The Philippine economy and society are plunging from one level
of crisis and depression to another,” Sison exclaimed as he emphasized
that the absence of national industrialization and land reform
worsen the economic aspect of the country.
In the forum also commemorating the LFS’ 31st anniversary, Sison
urged the Filipino students to continue the militancy and activism
despite the effects of neoliberlalism and the economic crisis.
Sison explained, these neoliberal policies in conjunction with
government neglect raise the already high cost of education and
unemployment rate in the country.
Among the panel of Reactors for the Forum were Tongtongan Ti
Umili – Cordillera Peoples Alliance (TTU – CPA) Secretary-general
Chie Galvez, Organisasyon iti Nakurapay Ti Umili iti Syudad –
Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Ornus – Kadamay) Chairperson
Ignacio Pangket and Anakbayan – Metro Baguio Deputy Secretary-general
Mcfarlane Sloan Ramos to give their thoughts on the issue tackled
and its effects among the different sectors of society.
As the forum ended, students expressed their gratitude and admiration
to Sison, even requesting for a song number from the esteemed
professor. Sison cheerfully obliged, while the students happily
sang along with him. # Myko Chiong and Regienald Collado