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Jose Maria Sison Dead: Philippine Communist Leader Jose Maria Sison Dies At Age 83 

Jose Maria Sison
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Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Philippine Communist Party, reacts to his September 13, 2007, release from the Dutch jail of Scheveningen.

Jose Maria Sison, the leader of the Philippine Communist Organization, passed away on Friday evening at the age of 83 after spending two weeks in a Dutch hospital, according to his party.

The New People’s Army (NPA), the military component of the Philippine Communist Party founded by Sison, has been engaged in one of the longest-running insurgencies in history. Over 40,000 individuals have died in the battle between the NPA and the Philippine government.

The party posted a statement on its website saying, “The Filipino proletariat and toiling people grieve the death of their teacher and guiding light.”

Following his release from prison following the overthrow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose namesake son was elected president in a May election this year, the self-exiled communist leader has resided in Europe since the late 1980s. In 2002, Sison was added to a U.S. terrorist list, which made him unable to travel.

The party reported that Sison passed away peacefully on Friday at around 8:40 p.m. (1240 GMT) after being restrained in the Utrecht hospital. It did not state why Sison was imprisoned.

Even though we are in mourning, the party vowed to “continue to give all of our power and determination to push the revolution forward guided by the memories and teachings of the people’s beloved Ka Joma.” Joma was another name for Sison. “Ka” denotes a comrade.

The DND issued a statement that read, “Let us now give peace a chance. The biggest obstacle to peace for the Philippines is gone.”

Jose Maria Sison

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Sison Relationship

Julie de Lima and Jose Maria Sison first met as UP Diliman students. They became closer while attending the same study groups, got married twice—once in a civil ceremony in September 1959 and again in a Catholic church in January 1960. There are four kids for the couple.

His Career

He organised and oversaw the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), a group based on the Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, on December 26, 1968 as a result of his work as a labour and land reform activist and youth leader. When Sison and other radical youth denounced the current party leadership for its mistakes and failures since 1942, it was known as the First Great Rectification Movement.

Jose Maria Sison Net Worth

The range of Jose Maria Sison’s net worth or income is between $1 million and $9 million. His major occupation as a leader has allowed him to amass tremendous fortune.


1. Who was Jose Maria Sison?

A. He was the Philippine communist leader

2.What was the birth place of Jose Maria Sison?

A. Cabugao, Philippines

3. What was his Nationality?

A. Philippines

4. How old was Jose Maria Sison?

A. 83 years old

5. What was the Jose Maria Sison wife’s name ?

A. Julie de Lima

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