In behalf of the National Operational Command of the New People’s Army, and together with all its Red commanders and fighters, I would like to extend heartfelt sympathies to the wife, children and grandchildren, family, friends and colleagues of Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili, chief of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. We were deeply shocked and saddened by news of his untimely death due to pulmonary arterial rupture at the age of 75 last July 23 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Ka Fidel was a respected and beloved leader of the Filipino people and revolutionary movement. He upheld the interests and cause of the toiling masses and all the oppressed classes in Philippine society. For more than five decades, from his youth until his senior years, he always marched along the straight path of revolutionary struggle. Although he came from a well-off family, Ka Fidel chose the path of simple living and all-out and dangerous struggle.
Ka Fidel’s life, his militance, commitment and determination to advance the revolutionary struggle for national freedom and social liberation will forever serve as inspiration for all Red fighters of the NPA and for the Filipino people.
Wherever Ka Fidel was assigned and whatever his task was, the desire to seen an end to the oppression and exploitation of the Filipino people, as well as all the peoples of the waord, was always foremost in his mind. It is clear that Ka Fidel was imbued with the communist spirit of selfless service to all oppressed and exploited.
The NPA recognizes and expresses its gratitude for the leadership and all the contributions of Ka Fidel, from the period of nationwide building of the Party and people’s army, to the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, to helping develop international anti-imperialist solidarity of all the oppressed classes, and in ably representing the entire revolutionary movement in various stages of peace negotiations.
The NPA upholds the highest tribute of the Party’s Central Committee to Ka Fidel and recognition as a hero of the Philippine revolution.
On August 8, Day of Remembrance and Tribute to Ka Fidel, all units of the New People’s Army are directed, wherever they may be encamped, to go on formation at the break of dawn, hoist the banners of the Party, NPA and the NDF, present arms, and sing the Internationale as a way of remembering and giving Ka Fidel our snappiest Red salute.
Long live the memory of Ka Fidel!
Long live the Filipino people and the Philipine revolution!