By John Malvar, 21 January 2021
The return of the Philippine military to the University of the Philippines campuses is both a salvo in the ongoing struggle between rival factions of the elite and another step towards authoritarian rule.
By Robert Campion, 18 January 2021
The authorities have ruled out introducing more stringent lockdown measures and travel bans, with government officials declaring that they “want to balance health with the economy.”
By John Malvar, 11 January 2021
The CPP’s resurrection of Sparrow Units is bound up with its efforts to seek bourgeois allies even as the ruling class as a whole is seeking the means to suppress unrest and secure a firm hold on power.
By John Malvar, 31 December 2020
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stated on December 26 that he would terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) unless the US provided the Philippines with vaccines.
By Robert Campion, 23 December 2020
Combining this year’s quarterly hunger surveys, which hit a staggering 30.7 percent in September, the average hunger rate for Filipino families reached an historic high of 21.1 percent in 2020.
By John Malvar, 22 December 2020
The outpouring of anger over the murders, and the widespread calls for the end to police killings, put paid to the pernicious lie spread in the media that Duterte’s “war on drugs” is “wildly popular.”
By John Malvar, 7 December 2020
The McCarthyite accusations are an initial salvo between rival sections of the ruling class in the mounting political tensions leading up to the May 2022 presidential election.
By Our reporters, 1 December 2020
“In a period where the working class rallying behind a genuine revolutionary leadership is decisive, Scalice’s exposure has a huge contemporary relevance.”
By our reporters, 30 November 2020
“Workers from all over the world, we must speak up to show our support for his efforts, especially in countries with a belated capitalist development such as Turkey or the Philippines.”
By John Malvar, 27 November 2020
While he rejected the armed struggle in the countryside, Lagman, like Sison, sought to subordinate Filipino workers to their class enemies, the bourgeoisie, in the name of national democracy.
By our reporters, 25 November 2020
“Presenting the truth, especially in history, is a dangerous activity because it exposes class interests, interests which the ruling class, and its supporters, will defend with all measures.”
By John Malvar, 17 November 2020
A student petition declared that the “The national government must act now” to address the devastation caused by the pandemic and massive typhoons, “or step down from their positions. No compromises.”
By Robert Campion, 14 November 2020
PAGASA, the national meteorological agency, announced on Thursday that it is expecting one or two storms to hit in November, and possibly three in December.
By our reporters, 7 November 2020
“I know a hatchet job when I see one!! As an older worker I have seen, in my time, the same type of double talk, lies and slanders of Stalinists, like Sison here in Australia.”
By Robert Campion, 4 November 2020
The UN reported around 68.6 million, or roughly 65 percent of the population are affected by Typhoon Goni, with 24.3 million living in the worst affected areas.
By John Malvar, 3 November 2020
The various mass organizations now being red-tagged by the Duterte administration—Bayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)—gave their enthusiastic support to him as he took office.
2 November 2020
The publication of Dr. Scalice’s lecture in Hindi has brought important historical lessons about the role of Stalinism/Maoism in Philippines to Hindi speaking workers, youths and intellectuals living mainly in India and also among the widespread Indian diaspora throughout the world.
By our reporters, 30 October 2020
“In circumstances of mounting unrest around the world, the truth is increasingly dangerous to ruling elites and their servants, the false prophets that claim to represent the working class.”
By John Malvar, 28 October 2020
At stake in the dispute was political patronage, control over the distribution of committee appointments and of funds, which both sides were looking to secure as an opening salvo in the 2022 presidential race.
By our reporters, 22 October 2020
“Dr. Scalice has thoroughly exposed the politically criminal role played by the Stalinist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in paving the way for the anti-working class dictatorial regimes of Marcos and Duterte.”
Statements from China and Sri Lanka in defence of Dr. Scalice against the attacks by the Stalinist CPP
By our reporters, 21 October 2020
“The working class from all over the world must take seriously the threats and slanders unleashed by Sison against Dr. Scalice and come forward to defend him.”
In interview with Radio Free Asia, Sison announces
By John Malvar, 19 October 2020
The leadership of the CPP explained it would be targeting Chinese firms in interviews with Radio Free Asia, an official organ of US government propaganda directed against China.
“Dr. Scalice requires the support of all people who value historical truth”
By our reporters, 17 October 2020
“Scalice’s lecture provided a powerful exposure of the catastrophic consequences bequeathed to the international working class by Stalinism and its extension Maoism.”
By Joseph Scalice, 16 October 2020
The WSWS is posting Dr. Joseph Scalice’s reply to Teo Marasigan, an apologist for the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines and its founder Jose Maria Sison. Sison has slandered Scalice as a CIA agent in response to his lecture detailing the CPP’s support for the fascistic Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and explaining its roots in the reactionary politics of Stalinism.
14 October 2020
“We write to affirm the intellectual excellence and high character of our former Ph.D. student and Lecturer Joseph Scalice, and to denounce recent baseless accusations against him.”
Dr. Joseph Scalice discusses the significance of the fight against Stalinism with the members of Sri Lankan SEP
By Our correspondents, 12 October 2020
Scalice’s guest lecture to members of Sri Lankan SEP is important for their struggle to build the Trotskyist movement in South Asia and fight against Stalinist betrayals.
By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2020
Sison is making absolutely clear that the political line and perspective of the Communist Party of the Philippines derives not from Marxism but its falsifiers—Stalin, Mao Zedong and their followers.
By Our reporters, 7 October 2020
“The betrayal of SYRIZA in Greece directly led to the growth of Golden Dawn and in the Philippines the CPP has actively cradled the growth of Duterte and fascistic forces.”
By Our reporters, 5 October 2020
“I want to admonish as many people as I can to believe in Dr. Joseph Scalice. We must not waver in supporting him against the likes of Sison…”
By Our correspondents, 3 October 2020
We urge our readers, including in China, to come to the defence of Dr. Scalice, including by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the CPP and sharing his lecture widely.
By Our reporters, 2 October 2020
“Scalice has helped clarify one of the big issues facing our generation: Stalinism. Through his scholarship, he has shown that Stalinism is the antithesis of Marxism and communism.”
Letters from the Philippines and Australia defend Dr. Joseph Scalice’s “meticulous and painstaking research”
By Our reporters, 1 October 2020
We urge readers to send statements in support of historian Dr. Scalice, who has been slandered as a “CIA agent” for his exposure of the reactionary politics of Maoism in the Philippines.
By Joseph Scalice, 30 September 2020
The bestial depiction of Leon Trotsky has its origins in the anti-semitism of the far right—a vicious heritage that Stalin embraced.
By Owen Howell, 30 September 2020
The government is ramping up state repression as the country suffers its worst economic contraction in decades.
“The fight here is not just to defend Dr. Scalice’s works but to oppose continuing historical revisionism”
More letters from the Philippines defending Dr. Joseph Scalice against libellous allegations by Communist Party founder Sison
By Our reporters, 29 September 2020
We urge readers to send us statements in support of historian Dr. Scalice, who has been slandered as a “CIA agent” for his exposure of the reactionary politics of Maoism.
“A history that the working class has a right to know and must learn”
Statements from the Philippines, Australia, Japan and South Korea defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Stalinist slanders
By Our reporters, 28 September 2020
“Scalice, by exposing the Communist Party of the Philippines, has done a service to the whole anti-capitalist movement and we stand in complete solidarity with him.”
By Tom Peters, 26 September 2020
Congressional Democrats are attempting to establish a more pliant regime in the Philippines to join the US build-up to war against China.
By The Committee for Public Education, 26 September 2020
“The defence of Scalice and academic freedom is inseparably connected to the broader issues facing educators.”
IYSSE at UC Berkeley condemns Philippine Stalinist “slanders and falsehoods” against Dr. Joseph Scalice
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at UC Berkeley, 25 September 2020
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison has accused Dr. Scalice of being a “CIA agent.” This pathetic lie is aimed at distracting workers and youth from Dr. Scalice’s exposure of the Stalinists’ support for president Rodrigo Duterte and other bourgeois politicians.
Stalinist leader Sison “is desperate to prevent Filipino workers from learning their own history”
By our reporters, 25 September 2020
“Scalice’s work is the best sort of history. Its objectivity is derived precisely in its dedication to its subject, the Filipino working class.”
By Joseph Scalice, 24 September 2020
“Unable to respond to any of the substantive historical points raised in my scholarship, [Sison] has taken to repeatedly slandering me as a ‘CIA agent,’ a claim for which he has not a shred of evidence.”
Philippine students and academics defend Dr. Joseph Scalice against Communist Party founder Sison’s “lies and obfuscation”
By our reporters, 24 September 2020
“Scalice’s approach has always been scholarly and evidence-based. His conclusions cannot be countered with lies and obfuscation.”
By John Malvar, 23 September 2020
The Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines played a key role in suppressing opposition to Ferdinand Marcos’ imposition of martial law in 1972, by subordinating the mass movement of workers and youth to rival factions of the bourgeoisie.
By Tom Peters, 22 September 2020
The Communist Party of the Philippines and its allied organisations are seeking to corral mass opposition to fascistic President Rodrigo Duterte behind Vice-President Leni Robredo and pro-US factions of the military.
By our reporters, 21 September 2020
“Attacks like that of Jose Maria Sison on Dr. Joseph Scalice are reminiscent of the worst days of Stalin’s iniquitous regime.”
By John Malvar, 19 September 2020
With the support of the Stalinists, sections of the military and business elite are coalescing around Vice-President Leni Robredo, as a possible replacement for President Rodrigo Duterte.
By our reporters, 19 September 2020
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison told CNN in May 2016 that he was “very proud” of the fascist Rodrigo Duterte’s election victory, fraudulently describing him as a “left” president with a “socialist orientation.”
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 September 2020
Sri Lanka is one of the countries, like the Philippines, where groups following Maoism brought one disaster after another to workers, young people and rural poor.
By our reporters, 17 September 2020
The Communist Party of the Philippines “is scapegoating an historian for having the principles and courage to tell the truth to the whole world about the anti-democratic and anti-working class role of the Stalinists.”
By our reporters, 15 September 2020
“The clarification of the role of the CPP will be a valuable contribution to the struggle against Stalinism and Maoism throughout Southeast Asia.”
By Owen Howell, 15 September 2020
The official death toll reached 4,371 on Saturday, but the record of incorrect figures suggests that the real total could be much higher.
Stalinist leader Joma Sison doubles down on Big Lie that the CPP never supported Philippine President Duterte
By Tom Peters, 15 September 2020
Jose Maria Sison has not even attempted to refute the evidence presented by Dr. Joseph Scalice that the Communist Party of the Philippines supported the fascistic president Rodrigo Duterte in 2015-2016.
WSWS publishes Chinese translation of Dr. Joseph Scalice’s lecture exposing the betrayals of the Communist Party of the Philippines
By Tom Peters, 15 September 2020
Dr. Scalice’s exposure of Maoism, from the standpoint of genuine socialism, will help readers understand why so many revolutionary opportunities in Asia throughout the twentieth century resulted in defeats for the working class.
By our reporter, 14 September 2020
Sison hails “Stalin’s great achievements,” and Anakbayan prints this statement without any attempt to distance itself from such an assertion.
By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2020
Sison’s second interview, defending his politically bankrupt “semi-colonial, semi-feudal” thesis, is a desperate bid to stem the haemorrhaging of support for the Communist Party of the Philippines, and to suppress any questioning in its ranks.
10 September 2020
In a detailed and engaging interview, Dr. Scalice answers the slanders of the Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.
By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2020
By falsely and libellously accusing Scalice of being an informer for Duterte’s death squads, Sison is not only engaged in verbal thuggery, but in threats of physical violence.
By our correspondents, 3 September 2020
We call on our readers to come to the defence of Scalice by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Edited transcript of Joseph Scalice’s lecture on CPP
By Joseph Scalice, 1 September 2020
On August 26, Dr. Joseph Scalice delivered this lecture at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on the support given by the Communist Party of the Philippines, and the various organizations that follow its political line, for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.
By our correspondents, 31 August 2020
We call on our readers to come to the defence of Scalice by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the Communist Party of the Philippines.
By our correspondent, 29 August 2020
Overwhelmingly the comments and posts on social media have been supportive of the lecture and opposed to the slanderous attacks of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison on Scalice.
27 August 2020
The lecture is a devastating exposure of the duplicitous role of the Communist Party of the Philippines, its founder and “theoretician” Jose Maria Sison and of the bankrupt perspective of Stalinism and Maoism on which they are based.
By Peter Symonds, 24 August 2020
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Sison launched a menacing attack on Scalice, a respected authority on the history of the Philippine left, after the announcement of his lecture that will focus on the CPP’s record of betrayal.
August 26 online lecture: “First as tragedy, second as farce: Marcos, Duterte, and the Communist Parties of the Philippines.”
21 August 2020
Scalice, a postdoctoral researcher at Nanyang Technological University, will deliver his online lecture at 3 p.m. Singapore time (same time in Philippines, 3 a.m. New York, 9 a.m. Berlin, 12:30 p.m. Colombo, 5 p.m. Sydney)
By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2020
Duterte’s announcement that the Philippines will not participate in US naval exercises in the disputed waters comes amid a dramatic escalation of Washington’s preparations for war with China.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020
The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.
By Joseph Santolan, 8 July 2020
The new law authorizes surveillance and arrests without warrant of anyone the administration terms ‘a terrorist’
By Owen Howell, 30 June 2020
While overseeing a woefully inadequate response to the pandemic, the Duterte administration is expanding police-state measures to suppress mounting discontent.
By Owen Howell, 5 June 2020
President Duterte is seeking to suppress any opposition to the premature reopening through the extension of his emergency powers and a new anti-terrorism bill.
By Owen Howell, 5 May 2020
The WHO said that the rate of infection among health workers, which is now 13 percent of all cases in the Philippines, is likely linked to the shortage of personal protective equipment.
By Joseph Santolan, 30 March 2020
The Duterte administration has responded to the pandemic not with the deployment of masks, testing and treatment, but heavily-armed military checkpoints, armored personnel carriers and police state repression.
By Joseph Santolan, 24 February 2020
The move is the most serious rupture in relations between Manila and its former colonial master since the granting of formal independence on July 4, 1946.
By Owen Howell, 15 January 2020
The Maguindanao massacre is one horrific instance of the ongoing problem of political violence in the Philippines.
By Owen Howell, 19 December 2019
The earthquake on Sunday, which has claimed the lives of at least nine people, is the latest in a string of powerful tremors to hit the region over the past few months.
By Frank Gaglioti, 21 August 2019
The latest find adds to our knowledge of the complex evolutionary path of human-like species and fills an important gap in our understanding.
By Joseph Santolan, 15 May 2019
The ruling class opponents to Duterte have suffered a historic defeat, securing not a single seat in the Senate.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 23 January 2019
Sirisena’s support for Duterte’s death squads and police-state violence points to Sri Lankan preparations for dictatorial methods of rule.
By Joseph Santolan, 21 January 2019
The unanimity of Duterte’s coalition is based on its endorsement and expansion of state violence.
By Joseph Santolan, 22 November 2018
Xi Jinping visited Manila in the midst of Washington’s escalation of economic warfare against Beijing and advanced preparations for direct military conflict.
By Joseph Santolan, 12 November 2018
The ruling handed down against Marcos after three decades of delays is an expression of the sharp crisis of political rule under President Duterte.
Typhoon Mangkhut kills dozens in the Philippines, leaves trail of destruction in China and Hong Kong
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 September 2018
As in previous natural disasters, the poor and workers in low-paid precarious industries have been the hardest hit.
By Joseph Santolan, 14 September 2018
The battlelines between President Duterte and Senator Trillanes express the twin pressures upon the Filipino ruling class of geopolitical tensions and mounting social unrest.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 September 2018
Manila is seeking funding from Beijing for the most ambitious infrastructure campaign in Philippine history.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 September 2018
The main purpose of Duterte’s trip was to explore future arms deals, including advanced weaponry and, potentially, aircraft.
By Joseph Santolan, 25 August 2018
The Pentagon, which has been systematically escalating military tensions with Russia, has not taken kindly to Washington’s former colony improving relations with Moscow.
By John Roberts, 28 December 2017
A significant factor in the deaths and injuries was the failure of the authorities to evacuate people from the most vulnerable areas.
By James Cogan, 14 November 2017
Trump’s continual references to the economic woes of the US speak to the real motivations for an anti-China coalition.
By Mike Head, 27 October 2017
Another far-reaching military commitment has been made without any parliamentary debate, let alone any approval by the Australian population.
By Mike Head, 12 September 2017
Australia’s involvement in the bogus “war against terrorism” in the Philippines is part of its commitment to Washington’s aggressive military build-up and actions in Asia.
By Mike Head, 30 August 2017
Confronting a deepening political crisis at home, Malcolm Turnbull is seeking to don the mantle of a wartime prime minister.
By Joseph Santolan, 10 August 2017
The US military was involved in the initial attack by Philippine forces that led to the declaration of martial law and US surveillance planes have directed the daily bombing.
By Joseph Santolan, 25 July 2017
The wholesale embrace of martial law by the Filipino ruling elites is a sharp expression of the crisis of class rule around the globe amid intensifying class tensions.
By Mike Head, 24 June 2017
Although the initial deployment consists of just two aircraft, they will form part of an intensive operation by US Special Forces.
By Joseph Santolan, 12 June 2017
Washington is using martial law to discipline the Philippine president and reorient Manila’s geopolitical ties away from Beijing and Moscow, and back into the camp of US imperialism.
By Joseph Santolan, 2 June 2017
Over 22 million Filipinos on the southern island of Mindanao have been living under conditions of military dictatorship for the past week.
By Joseph Santolan, 25 May 2017
Behind the imposition of military rule lies a profound social crisis and the geopolitical machinations of Washington.
By Joseph Santolan, 2 May 2017
As part of the advanced preparations for war with North Korea, Trump has called the Philippine president with an invitation for a state visit to Washington.
By Dante Pastrana, 31 March 2017
The real purpose of the bogus war on drugs is to establish a vast police-state apparatus that will be used to suppress opposition from workers and the poor.
By Joseph Santolan, 30 March 2017
Sharp divisions emerged in the Duterte administration after a Chinese official announced plans for an environmental monitoring station on the Scarborough Shoal.
By Joseph Santolan, 15 March 2017
Joma Sison and the Maoist CPP have played a politically criminal role in promoting the fascistic Duterte administration and defusing opposition to it.