Here we are republishing a document written in April 1987 on the Philippine Revolution. At that time a ferment of discussion had opened up in the Communist Party of the Philippines. This was a discussion document which had been presented as a contribution towards that debate. At the time it had a limited circulation, but we believe that it will be of interest to Marxist activists internationally.
The events last week looked just like a re-run of the "People's Power" movement in 1986 when the hated dictator Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown by a mass uprising in the cities of the Filipino archipelago. So it will surprise nobody that this extraordinary sequence of events has been dubbed the "People's Power 2" movement by local activists and by the media.
In the last fifteen years the Philippines have seen several mass movements that could have led to the overthrow of capitalism. Unfortunately for a long period the Stalinist theory of two stages (first the democratic, then later the socialist revolution) has led to the derailment of the movement. Now we are moving to a new phase of struggle. This time genuine Marxism has a chance to make its voice heard among the Filipino working class and youth.
Felix Zorba continues his analysis of the experiences of the left and the mass movement in the Philippines and explains the urgent need to take the genuine ideas of Marxism to the Filipino workers and youth.
As the annual date of the State of the Nation Address of President Macapagal
Arroyo (GMA) was approaching, a group of 296 soldiers staged on July 27 a siege
of the Oakwood Premier luxury hotel at the Ayala Center in Makati, a financial
district of Metro Manila. Based on their own statements, as reported on Tv and
radio, they were asking the entire administration to resign.