Ka Popoy: Selected Writings

Selection of writings from Philippine communist Filemon Lagma, aka ‘Ka Popoy’. Lagman was a significant Rejectionist (RJ) leader who split with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Lagman articulated a comprehensive critique of the Communist Party of the Philippines. While we may not agree with everything Lagman says, his critique of the CPP is useful.

Submitted by kasama_libsoc on February 10, 2020

Filemon Lagman led the split in the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in 1991 due to differences with CPP Chairman Joma Sison on the question of the strategy of guerilla war and the analysis of Philippine society as semi-feudal. Lagman advocated the shift to concentrating on the workers movement, combining parliamentary and extra-parliamentary means of struggle, and a strategy of the workers uprising towards a socialist revolution.


PSR: A Semi-feudal Alibi for Protracted War, 1994
A critique of Sison's book (under the nom de guerre - Amado Guerrero) Philippine Society and Revolution, which characterized Philippine society's mode of production as semi-feudal and semi-colonial

PPDR: Class Line vs. Mass Line, 1994
A critique of the CPP's 'People's Program for a Democratic Revolution, which laid down its standpoint on the bourgeois democratic revolution and the agrarian question.

PPW: A New-Type Revolution of the Wrong Type, 1994
A critique of Sison's dogma of the armed struggle as the primary form of struggle for the Filipino proletariat, a review of Chinese society and history

Workers Manifesto for the New Millennium, 1999
This document was written by Filemon “Ka Popoy” Lagman when he was then secretary-general of the Partido ng Manggagawang Pilipino [PMP], an underground revolutionary political party of the Filipino working class established January 30, 1999. It was published as a paid advertisement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 30, 2000.

Text extracted from Counter Theses against the Theoretical Framework of Joma Sison and the Communist Party of the Philippines (1994) archived in popoy.cjb.net and marxists.org.



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Submitted by Craftwork on February 10, 2020

Should not be tagged Communist Left - is not part of any tendency that is in continuity with historical left communism.


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Submitted by kasama_libsoc on February 11, 2020

Okay I removed that tag,


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Submitted by pinoy2017 on February 12, 2020

I do not know what theoretical foundation @kasama_libsoc has. But it seems that he/she is posting here all stuffs that "anti-CPP/NPA" which is not entirely wrong.
The problem is he/she is not giving any comments if he/she agree or disagree with the links he/she gave.
Popoy Lagman is 100% leftist and his thoughts are as dangerous as the CPP/NPA against the working class.
The International Communist Current (ICC) has a section in the Philippines and write several texts based on the left-communist posistions on the Philippine situation and on the different leftist ideologies in the Philippines.
In particular, we wrote a critique on Popoy Lagman here: Philippines: critique of Filemon "Ka Popoy" Lagman