While we in the American Party of Labor acknowledge that we had differences and disagreements with Comrade Joma, we say that these were the differences and disagreements that comrades do – and indeed must – have, if our cause is to move forward. But now is not the time to discuss differences. Now is the time to grieve. Today we are deeply saddened and bow our heads in tribute to a great revolutionary and a titan of the peoples’ struggle for national self-determination, workers’ democracy, and socialism. Farewell, Comrade Joma. The working people of the world will forever sing your name.
Jose Maria Sison (1939–2022)