The Communist Party of the Philippines and other progressive groups and individuals paid tribute to Dr. Edberto Villegas, one of the country’s most fervent patriot, champion of anti-imperialism and revolutionary intellectual. He passed away at the age of 80 after suffering a stroke last September 7. He was among the founding members of the patriotic youth organization Kabataang Makabayan in 1964.
He was a professor of the University of the Philippines-Manila and De La Salle University. As a revolutionary intellectual, he fervently criticized the neoliberal policies and programs of World Bank-trained technocrats which perpetuated the country’s backward economic state. He authored several books which exposed the different facets of imperialist oppression and exploitation.