Joma Sison's kin looking forward to his return soon

Bryan Realgo, ABS-CBN News Ilocos

Roque Sison, youngest brother of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison. ABS-CBN News

ILOCOS SUR - The relatives of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison are hopeful that they will see him again soon.

ABS-CBN News was able to locate Sison's youngest brother, 75-year-old Roque, in the town of Cabugao in Ilocos Sur.

"Makita na rin, 40 years ko na siyang hindi nakikita," said Roque, who lives alone in their seemingly neglected family house.

Sison's nephew, Barangay Baclig chairman Carlos, said their family has long been waiting for his return to the Philippines.

Carlos believes his uncle could contribute in the success of peace negotiations.

"It's about time na umuwi na si Joma dito para yung minimithi at matagal na niyang inaasam na pagbabago sa ating bayan, dapat umuwi na para makatulong naman siya," he said.

The Sison family house in Cabugao town in Ilocos Sur. ABS-CBN News

Sison, 77, has expressed hopes of ending his nearly three decades of exile in the Netherlands under the presidency of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has said he wants to talk with the CPP founder about resolving the country's insurgency problem.

Duterte has also offered to appoint communist leaders to his Cabinet if the group agrees to join his government.

READ: Joma Sison hopes to end exile under Duterte

For Carlos, there is nothing wrong if Duterte appoints Sison as a Cabinet secretary.

"Siguro yun ang way ng ating presidente na ipakita na in good faith yung talagang gagawin niya, na he really means business sa ikakatugampay ng peace negotiation ng ating bansa," he explained.

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