• CPP founder Jose Maria Sison said he will come home if Duterte wins
  • He said he believes Duterte wil reopen peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines once elected
  • Sison also said he would initiate meetings around the country to promote his call for national unity, peace and development

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison said a victory of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the upcoming presidential elections is good for national unity.

In exile in the Netherlands for almost three decades, Sison, Duterte’s former college professor at the Lyceum University, said he is optimistic he can return to the Philippines as long as the next president is good… the likes of Duterte and Senator Grace Poe.

The first thing Sison would do if he comes back to the country is to hold a family reunion.

“If I were to go, everything must be ready for an eventful homecoming. We’ll hold a family reunion. The first things I will eat are mangoes, coconuts and bibingka,” Sison told Inquirer in an online interview.

Once home, Sison said he would initiate meetings across the country to promote his call for national unity, peace and development.

Sison believes Duterte will reopen the peace negotiation with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, to which Sison served as a political consultant in the peace negotiations with the government.

According to the CCP founder, Duterte promised to set a meeting with him if he wins the presidency.

“The mayor said that if he wins, we would meet as soon as possible abroad and then in the Philippines,” Sison said.

“I will come home as soon as there is a sure basis for the ceasefire and the resumption of peace talks. I might even come home for a visit as early as June to witness the oath-taking of Duterte, if he wins or if he is not cheated,” said Sison.