Ang Bayan
September 07, 2020

Red fighters, contemporary Katipuneros

To commemorate the beginning of the Katipunan-led armed uprising in 1986, revolutionaries paid tribute last August 31 to the selflessness and sacrifices of the heroes and martyrs of the current people’s democratic revolution. They are the modern Katipuneros of the continuing national democratic revolution.

From the Cordilleras to Mindanao, the revolutionary movement gave salutes to Red fighters who offered their lives for the people and armed struggle.

The Katipunan ng mga Samahang Manggagawa in Cordillera paid tribute to Phil­bert Da­lang, Antonio Li­ca­wen (Ka Hicap), Wilfredo Aluba (Ka Hoben), Maritess Payangdo (Ka Gigi)—workers and semiproletariats who served as members of the people’s army—as well as other Red fighters who offered their lives to advance the cause of national minorities and the people.

In a separate statement, Ka Bayani Obrero of the National Democratic Front-Negros Island said that the blood and sacrifices of martyred comrades flame further the struggles of Negrosanons. The most recent fallen comrade was Mitchel Fat (Ka Epi), who was killed last August 31. They serve as inspiration to the people especially in the face of the unabated attacks, killings and harassment perpetrated by state forces, recounting the 89 victims of extra-judicial killings in the island.

Published in North Central Mindanao’s revolutionary mass paper Ang Kalihukan, revolutionary forces in the region honored about 23 martyred comrades in the first half of 2020. They remembered Rio Amor Yuson (Ka Lima), a member of the Regional Party Committee, Gladys Joy Hiponia (Ka Andi), a member of the Regional Medical Staff and other Red fighters who were killed in Gingoog City last May.

In Southern Mindanao, the Regional Operations Command of the NPA conferred its highest revolutionary salute to comrade Prince Wendel Olofernes (Ka Do), a Red commander and revolutionary artist.

The people also paid tribute to Andrea Rosal, formerly a political prisoner and the daughter of the late Party spokesperson Gregorio Rosal (Ka Roger). She was killed last September 3 in Brooke’s Point, Palawan, along with Bonifacio Magramo, Noel Siasico, Rona Manalo and another individual.

The revolutionary movement also paid tribute to great communist leaders Julius Giron (Ka Nars), Randall Echanis, Fidel Ag­caoili and all others whose names have been etched in the annals of revolutionary history alongside the other heroes of the Philippine revolution.