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Proles of the Round Table

Nov 1, 2019

In this one, the Proles sat down with Daniel and Professor Sarah Raymundo to discuss the colonial history and current concerns of our comrades, who are engaging in a broad-based revolutionary struggle right now. 

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Suggested Reading: 

Books & Documents


Collection of Documents from the CPP


Guerrero. Philippine Society & Revolution, 1970 (updated and shorter format in Tagalog, Maikling Kurso sa Lipunan at Rebolusyong Pilipino 2005).


Foundation for Resuming the Philippine Revolution: Selected Writings, 1968-1972. (Includes the First Great Rectification Movement document, “Rectify Errors and Rebuild the Party”)

Defeating Revisionism, Reformism and Opportunism: Selected Writings, 1968-1974. (Includes numerous articles criticizing the old revisionist leadership of the previous PKP)

Building Strength Through Struggle: Selected Writings, 1972-1977. (Has two very important documents, “Our Urgent Tasks” and “Specific Characteristics of Our People’s War”)

Detention and Defiance Against Dictatorship: Selected Writings, 1977-1986. (Writings while founding chairman of the CPP, Jose Maria Sison, was in solitary confinement and jail, including “Basic Principles of Marxism-Leninism: A Primer” and “Brief History of the Kabataang Makabyan”)


Liwanag. Reaffirm Our Basic Principles and Rectify Errors, 1992. (The major document putting into motion the Second Great Rectification Movement)


Constitution and Program of the CPP, 2016.

Communique of the 2nd Congress of the CPP.”


Central Committee of the CPP. “Celebrate the Party’s 50th Anniversary.”

—“Boldly Intensify Guerrilla Warfare: 50th Anniversary of the New People’s Army.”


Sison. “Great Achievements of the CPP in 50 Years of Waging Revolution,” 2018 (A document summarizing the historical achievements of the CPP as well as a current rectification campaign to combat conservatism, bureaucratism, sectarianism and ultra-democracy)


Pambansa Demokratikong Paaralan (PADEPA is a collection of lessons and readings for mass activists in the National Democratic Movement put together by the revolutionary movement in the Philippines)


History Books on the Philippines and the CPP


Agoncillo. The Revolt of the Masses: The Story of Bonifacio and the Katipunan, 1956.

Malolos: The Crisis of the Republic, 1960.

History of the Filipino People, 1960.



Constantino. The Making of a Filipino: A Story of Philippine Colonial Politics, 1969.

The Philippines: A Past Revisited, 1975.

The Philippines: A Continuing Past, 1978.


Lanzona. Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex and Revolution in the Philippines, 2009.


McCoy. Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines and the Rise of the Surveillance State, 2009.


Richardson. Komunista: The Genesis of the Philippine Communist Party: 1902-1935, 2011 (pdf copy of his 1984 dissertation can be found here).


Rosca, Sison. Jose Maria Sison: At Home in the World, 2004.


Simbulan. When the Rains Come, Will not the Grass Grow Again? The Socialist Movement in the Philippines, 2018

The Modern Principalia: The Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy, 2007.


Sison, “The Role of the Communist International in the Formation of the Communist Party of the Philippine Islands,” 2019.


Contemporary Studies of the Philippines and the National Democratic Movement


Francisco-Menchavez. The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Digital Age, 2018.


Lindio-McGovern. Filipino Peasant Women: Exploitation and Resistance, 1997.

Globalization, Labor Export and Resistance: A Study of Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers in Global Cities, 2013.


Rodriguez. Migrants for Export: How the Philippine Sate Brokers Labor to the World, 2010.


San Juan, Jr. U.S. Imperialism and Revolution in the Philippines, 2007.


Scipes. KMU: Building Genuine Trade Unionism in the Philippines, 1996.


Tuazon. The Moro Reader: History and Contemporary Struggles of the Bangsamoro People, 2008.




Communist Party of the Philippines



Ang Bayan (the Party’s twice a month publication)


National Democratic Front of the Philippines (the most consolidated, revolutionary alliance of underground mass organizations in the Philippine revolution)

Liberation (the official publication of the NDF)


News Media


Altermidya (People’s Alternative Media Network is a network of independent and progressive media outfits, institutions and individuals)


Bulatlat (One of the original online news publications in the Philippines covering the struggles of the toiling masses and mass movement)


Pinoy Weekly (An online and print publication that publishes weekly stories of the marginalized sectors of society. It also has print editions world wide)


Legal Mass Movement National Democratic Alliances


Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN is a multisectoral formation struggling for national and social liberation against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism. Founded on the determination and strength of the majority of oppressed classes, BAYAN is an alliance composed mainly of organizations of workers and peasants.)


Kilusang Mayo Uno (Facebook page only. KMU is an independent labour center promoting genuine, militant and patriotic trade unionism. It is genuine because it recognizes the struggle between labor and capital and upholds the legitimate interests of the working class; militant because it relies on the workers collective struggle in defending trade union and democratic rights; and patriotic because it seeks to end imperialist domination and control over the Philippines.)


Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Facebook page only. KMP is a democratic and militant movement of landless peasants, small farmers, farm workers, rural youth and peasant women)


GABRIELA (Facebook page only. It is nationwide alliance of 200 women's organizations that cut across sectors and regions, plus chapters and support groups of Pinays and non-Pinays in various continents of the world.)


Migrante International (Alliance for migrant and overseas workers to promote migrants’ rights and dignity against all forms of discrimination, exploitation and abuse in the work place and in the community and resist all anti-migrant policies.)


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