Joma Sison needs to ‘disengage self from fantasy’: Palace

Malacañang on Friday expressed dismay that Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison’s “hallucination” continues when he claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is “going downhill to hell.”

Sison’s latest claim against the Duterte government merely demonstrates that he is “really living in an illusory world he has created for himself,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“His remarks to his cadres on the occasion of the CPP anniversary entitled, ‘Duterte regime goes downhill as revolutionary movement rises,’ is proof of his hallucination,” Panelo said.

“It is his movement that is on downhill while the Duterte presidency keeps on rising and the surge in his popularity and trust rating is a resounding proof,” the Palace official added.

As the CPP marked its 51st year of insurgency on December 26, Sison claimed that the “traitorous, tyrannical, murderous, corrupt and deceptive” Duterte regime has “aggravated the chronic crisis of the ruling system.”

The communist founder also alleged that the current administration is escalating oppression and exploitation of people, prompting them to wage people’s war and all forms of resistance.

He, nevertheless, believed that Duterte’s administration is “going downhill to hell and cannot find enough relief from its imperialist masters to overcome the rising revolutionary movement of the Filipino people.”

Sison’s remarks came even as he expressed openness to Duterte’s call for the resumption of peace talks between the national government and the CPP’s political wing, the National Democratic Front (NDF) in a bid to end the decades-long insurgency of its armed component, the New People’s Army (NPA).

Sison should stop living in a fantasy, as it was likely for him to cause harm to others, Panelo said.

“Mr. Sison must disengage himself from his fantasy before his illusions develop into something medically perilous,” the Palace official said.