Jose Maria Sison

Philippine Maoist leader

José María Canlás Sison is a writer and activist. He founded the Communist Party of the Philippines.[1]

José María Sison
Chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines
Assumed office
December 26, 1968
Personal details
Born (1939-02-08) February 8, 1939 (age 83)
Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippine Commonwealth
Political partyCommunist Party of the Philippines
Other political
National Democratic Front
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan
Makabayang Kowalisyon ng Mamamayan
ResidenceUtrecht, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Colegio de San Juan de Letran Ateneo de Manila University
Military service
AllegianceNew People's Army

Sison was arrested during the Ferdinand Marcos presidency. He was imprisoned for almost 9 years. Corazón Aquino released him from prison. Sison went into exile in the Netherlands.

His experience in prison was described in Prison & Beyond, a book of poetry released in 1986. It won the Southeast Asia WRITE award for the Philippines.


  1. Alberto-Masakayan, Thea (27 April 2016). "Joma Sison eyes ceasefire, return to PH if Duterte wins". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2 October 2016.