Sison’s remote-controlled communist insurgency has dragged on for almost 50 years not really because we haven’t gotten rid of abusive governments but because the people do not support it. The former UP professor, adored like a saint by the so-called “makabayan bloc” of our society, has failed to build an informed mass base which is most crucial to ideological propagation. The reality is: the great majority of Filipinos (you may want to think of Duterte’s share of 16 million) do not support, nor recognize the communist revolution, no matter how much theorizing they do about it in the left-leaning corridors of the academe. In fact, his minions’ arrogant brand of “nationalism” antagonizes many. It is a misplaced one for me. Sison and the so-called leftists do not own nationalism. The notion is insulting to me and the many other Filipino nationalists outside their camp. Nevertheless, even in the absence of an abusive government and the capitalists, even without huge support from the people, the communists here will thrive like a religious cult, assured of the promises of national salvation and the coming of their savior, Joma Sison.