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The Arnulfo Ortiz Command of the New People's Army in Western Samar today extended its sympathies to the family and friends of Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy, and condemned his assassination last 1 May by those widely suspected to be his rivals in reactionary politics. "We are saddened at the killing of Mayor Reynaldo Uy," said Ka Vicente Magbuhat, AOC spokesperson. "His assassination by those believed to be his political rivals underscore the worsening crisis and rottenness of the reactionary ruling system.
"The contradictions between reactionary politicians are turning even more bitter and bloodier because there is no more room for mutual accommodation over the dwindling spoils of power."
Magbuhat recounted that Mayor Uy had started out in the service of the people as a physician and later as a politician. "Mayor Reynaldo Uy was a people's doctor who resisted the Marcos fascist dictatorship and served the peasants and other poor people in Samar in the early 1980s. After the 1986 EDSA Uprising, he became the officer-in-charge vice mayor of Calbayog City. He later joined the progressive Partido ng Bayan (People's Party) and ran successfully for public office."
Magbuhat also praised Uy for continuing to listen to the grievances of the people even after he rose to power as mayor and congressman. "In 2005, then Congressman Reynaldo Uy was instrumental in exposing and opposing the massive human rights violations of the fascist butcher Gen. Jovito Palparan, who was then chief of the 8th Infantry Division. He was also one of those who led the Eastern Visayas congressmen in successfully demanding the removal of Palparan from the region. Uy also strongly opposed large-scale foreign mining in Samar and the region."
The AOC spokesperson said that the people will always remember the good points of Mayor Reynaldo Uy. "His willingness to listen to the people and to take their side made him their true friend. The people mourns his loss and will surely expect other officials of the reactionary government to emulate his concern for their welfare."