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Message of Solidarity to all Forum Participants
in Sulyap sa Kalayaan: a Glimpse of Freedom

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples' Struggle
International Action Center's Solidarity Center
New York, July 29, 2007

First of all, I wish to thank BAYAN-USA, Anakbayan, the International Action Center and the International League of Peoples' Struggle for organizing this forum on political repression in the Philippines and for inviting me as a speaker, together with the distinguished working class leader and legislator Rep Crispin Beltran, my predecessor as chairperson of the ILPS International Coordinating Committee.

I wish to express solidarity to all who are present and to all forces represented in this forum. I am deeply pleased that in less than two months after Pamana ng Panahon on June 9 I am once more interacting with you. Through the magic of electronic technology, we are circumventing the barriers to my freedom of movement put up by the "terrorist" blacklist of the US and the Council of the European Union.

Since our last forum, so much has occurred. Ka Bel and I have scored highly significant legal victories against the repression and persecution that we have been subjected to. The two of us have benefited from the recent Supreme Court decision invalidating the charge of rebellion and the false information against us. The European Court of First Instance has also annulled the decision of the Council of the European Union blacklisting me as a terrorist up from October 28, 2002 to May 30, 2006.

At the same time, we continue to face grave challenges. There is no let-up in the extrajudicial killings, abductions, torture and other human rights violations in the Philippines. State terrorism is bound to escalate because the US-directed Arroyo regime has now in its hands the oppressive and fascist law called the Human Security Act. The socio-economic and political crisis of the ruling system is driving the regime to further assault the people.

In my particular case, the Council of the European Union retained me in the terrorist blacklist on June 28, 2007 before the decision of the European Court of First Instance could come out last July 11. Even as I have been vindicated to a great extent by the court, there is still a long way to go in the legal and political struggle before I can obtain complete victory over the mendacity and machinations of my imperialist persecutors and the puppet rulers in the Philippines.

I hope that in this forum we can further clarify the situation, the issues and what we can do to combat the ever worsening exploitation and oppression of the Filipino people by the imperialist powers and their reactionary agents in the Philippines. There is the urgent need for the Filipino people to unite and seek the solidarity of the people of the world in fighting for national liberation and democracy against US imperialism and the Arroyo puppet regime. ###

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