Land reform, industrialization, to be discussed on second round of NDF-gov’t talk
The second round of peace negotiations with the Philippine government in Oslo, Norway this month will put emphasis on land reform and national industrialization, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said.
“The center of gravity of the peace negotiations is the twin necessity for national industrialization and land reform,” Sison declared yesterday in a message to the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas during the launching of its “Campaign for Land and Peace”, Philippine Star reported.
“A self-reliant program for economic development cannot walk and advance without two legs: national industrialization and land reform,” he emphasized.
Sison also said in the report that land reform is necessary to yield a definite and wealthy food source, raw materials for industry and a broader market for industrial and agricultural products.
“National industrialization is needed to produce machines and other equipment for agriculture, create numerous and new jobs for the increasing population and destination of surplus agricultural produce,” he said.
Sison described the precious land reform program as “fake and complete failure” stating that the farmers are unable to pay the high redistribution price implemented through the disagreement between landlords and the government.
“It should be popularized that lands grabbed from landless farmers by big landlords, high bureaucrats and foreign corporations will be distributed for free,” he added.