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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today paid revolutionary tribute to Kemberly Jul Luna, a former youth activist and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology student leader, who was martyred last December 15 as a Red fighter of the New People's Army (NPA). She was fatally hit with a bullet that went through her chest and nape in an encounter of her NPA unit with fascist troops of the 8th IB in Barangay Concepcion, Valencia City, Bukidnon.
'Kimay,' as she was fondly called by her friends, was placed by the CPP, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the NPA in the "hall of martyrs and heroes" of the people's democratic revolution.
"The CPP, the national democratic revolutionary movement and the Filipino people salute her and her seven other NPA comrades who died as people's revolutionary heroes, and express sympathy with their families, loved ones and comrades-in-arms," said the CPP.
"We express sympathy with Kimay's family, friends and co-fighters both in the armed revolutionary movement and in the student democratic where she was earlier involved in–all of whom value her martyrdom as her highest, final contribution to the national democratic revolutionary cause, even as her early death was a great loss to all who knew and loved her."
"Her martyrdom is extolled as well by the peasant masses whom she intimately lived with and served as a Red fighter and medic of the NPA until her last day," added the CPP. "Her life of tireless work and selfless sacrifice for the downtrodden will forever be etched in the hearts of those she loved, worked and died for."
"Her death has inspired a number of revolutionary poems and essays written about her, her revolutionary commitment and her struggles. It inspires even more students, young people and urban intellectuals to follow her example in serving the people to the fullest of her capacity, going to the countryside where the people's war rages, and waging the highest form of revolutionary struggle."
"Kimay is a revolutionary model who should be emulated by the youth and students and all of those longing for an end to the grave sufferings of the Filipino people," said the CPP. "When Kimay joined the NPA, she brought with her a profound grasp of the need to wage armed revolution to help realize the patriotic, democratic and progressive aspirations which she shares in common with hundreds of thousands of youth and student activists and other fighters for the cause."
"We enjoin the Filipino students and youth to follow the example of Kimay and tens of thousands of others who have turned their backs against selfish ambitions and have embraced the common dream of the Filipino people for national and social liberation," the CPP added.
The CPP looks forward to a geometric growth in the recruitment of Party members and NPA fighters from the ranks of students, youth and more cadres and activists from the urban areas as well as from the countryside in the coming years.
"The central leadership of the CPP has issued directives and instructions to intensify recruitment among the youth and students and young workers in order to keep up with the rapid expansion of revolutionary armed struggle in the countryside and help in the further expansion and strengthening of the NPA and its guerrilla fronts and revolutionary bases."
"Party members and activists are poised to step up recruitment in university campuses, factories, worker and urban poor communities in Metro Manila and other urban centers as well as in the rural areas," said the CPP.
"Let us pay tribute to Kimay by amplifying the call for student, youth and other activists to join the New People's Army. As the people's revolution gears for greater advances, there is a growing need for more youth and students and activists from the other sectors to sign up as Red fighters, combine with the peasants and workers and contribute to carrying out the tasks of people's war with unprecedented vitality."