Communist leader Josea Maria Sison reacted on viral open letter addressed to him by Eric Lozenzo of Negros Occidental.
The letter, which posted last April 10, 2016 and went viral only, last February reached the attention of Sison through social media in The Netherlands.
In a column posted in Dutch newspaper, Sison belied Lorenzo and said the tax collected by the New People’s Army is no mandatory. Sison’s comment is contrary to the extortion activities being done by his members especially in Mindanao.
The unapologetic Sison also said the revolutionary tax is needed to continue their fight against the government, and businessmen like Lorenzo should pay if he wanted for a better change.
Lorenzo lambasted Sison and his cohorts for extorting money from small and medium businessmen.
Sison reiterated that the Philippines need a revolutionary government under the communist leadership.
Sison also added that even after his death, the communist ideology will live forever.
The following is the full copy of Eric Lorenzo’s letter, first published on this website (okd2.com).
Open Letter to Terrorist Leader Joma Sison and to all NPA Members.
Hope this story will make you proud of what you are doing.
I worked for 25 years under the heat of the sun in the Middle East in order to feed and survive my family. When I feel that my aging body can no longer do my daily job, I had to decide and gamble the small amount of money that my wife had set aside for more than two decades.
After working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 26 years, I finally decided to go home last 2011 in my hometown in Negros Occidental. My wife and I decided to open a small store selling agricultural supply products like fertilizers, certified seeds, chemicals, and other farm supplies and poultry and piggery feeds. I had to gamble my small savings into a business I never tried before.
My business was so profitable that I had to open two more branches after just 2 years. In fact, as of today, I already have 5 branches in 2 cities and 3 neighboring towns in central Negros Occidental.
My growing business was never been a secret to your terrorist group.
It was last year when I started planting sugar cane when your group sent me a letter asking for a monthly revolutionary tax of three sacks of rice and five thousand pesos. The amount of money and the supply of rice was never a problem for me. What bothers me is why you asked from someone who made a life out of his own sweat? Is this making you proud?
I am not the person who just gives away my possessions to useless people for free. Even if you harass me and my business, I can still survive, but you, what are you?
Bakit kita kailangang bayaran ng revolutionary tax e hindi naman ako part ng rebolusyon ninyo?
You are nothing but an opportunist and a social cancer. You, Bernabe Buscayno, Ninoy Aquino Jr, and others who founded and made your terrorist group exist until today are the worst thing that happened into this beautiful country.
I promise to live longer in order to witness your agony, soon…. /Eric Lozenzo/
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