CPP founder Joma Sison's endorsement of PISTON contradicts George San Mateo's denial it is a communist front group

The radical jeepney organisation Pinagkaisang Samahan ng  mga Tsuper Nationwide (PISTON) is endorsed by no less than Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder and chairman Joma Sison. This contradicts the vehement denial of its national president George San Mateo that it is affiliated with the CPP.

"I'm not a representative of the NDF (National Democratic Front) here. I'm not a representative of the CPP, nor the KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno) nor Bayan. Don't say na kami ay nagde-destabilize," San Mateo said. "You are way out of line!" 
"Namulitika si Pangulo, namulitika siya, the issue was modernization. Bakit mo hinaluan ng CPP, bakit mo sinasabi na... pagmumumurahin mo 'yung mga driver? That's the plain truth and that's the fact," he said.

In 2015, however, Sison cited PISTON as an affiliate of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) which he also chairs...

Naipagmamalaki namin ang PISTON bilang kasaping-organisasyon ng  ILPS.  Tumatahak ito sa linyang anti-imperyalista at demokratiko.  Itinataguyod at ipinaglalaban nito ang mga karapatan at interes ng mga tsuper,  mga maliliit na operator at mamamayan sa buong Pilipinas laban sa kartel ng mga monopolyo ng langis at sa papet na gobyerno.

The ILPS was founded in the Netherlands and is described as "an international organization that seeks to coordinate anti-imperialist and democratic movements around the world." The by-lines it uses are similar to that of the CPP and most communist organisations as well as the activist slogans members of these organisations use in their street protests.


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