The New People’s Army-North Eastern Mindanao Region (NPA-NEMR) renders its red salute and highest honor to Ka Dem, Ka Red, Ka Diego, Ka Bager and Ka Lucas. They are revolutionary martyrs and Red fighters of NPA- Agusan del Sur who offered their time and lives in the struggle for national liberation against imperialist control, for the democratic freedom of farmers for land and the people against tyranny and fascism.
The five revolutionary martyrs heroically lost their lives in clashes with fascist AFP troops in different incidents in the towns of Prosperidad and Bunawan, Agusan del Sur this July. They chose to bravely fight until their last breath rather than surrender and bow to the brutal and oppressive AFP forces who are subservient puppies serving and defending the interests of the imperialist US, big bourgeoise compradors, big land lords and the despot Duterte.
Ka Dem, who came from the peasantry, lost his life last July 10, 2019 in the mountains of Brgy. Mabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur in a firefight with the 41st DRC, AFP troops.
Ka Red and Ka Diego, were both from the peasantry. They lost their lives last July 11, 2019 in a firefight with 75th IB troops in Brgy. Bunawan Brook, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
Ka Bager and Ka Lucas were formerly a farmer and worker respectively. They lost their lives last July 14, 2019 in a firefight with the operating troops of the 75th IB in Brgy. Bunawan Brook, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
The enemy might have taken their lives, which thrilled AFP officials because of the promotion and rewards they gained, but they will surely fail in preventing the continuing advance of a just war waged by the exploited and oppressed Filipino people. As long as society is mired in crisis and the people suffer greatly because of unrelenting exploitation and oppression by the imperialists especially US and China, and local ruling classes who are defended by the puppet Duterte regime, more masses will readily join the armed struggle and the NPA in order to annihilate the enemy and attain total victory for the national and democratic revolution.
To the family and relatives of the revolutionary martyrs, we join you in your sorrow. On the other hand, we give you tribute for having family members who became true revolutionaries and brave Red fighters of the NPA. Your martyr family members, above all, served the interests of your class and the entire Filipino people against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism. They developed such rare bravery within the revolutionary movement despite great temptations within a rotten social system. They have become unshakeable monuments.
To the revolutionary forces in the region, let us turn our sorrow into greater revolutionary courage to effectively continue navigating the correct path enriched by their blood. Like the revolutionary martyrs, let us continue to firmly embrace the spirit of serving the people and earnestly oppose all forms of class exploitation and oppression especially against the farmers, workers, Lumad and urban poor. Let us be more determined and persistent in advancing armed struggle and bring the people’s war to a higher level.
Ka Ariel Montero
Regional Operational Command