By Fr. SANTIAGO “Sanny” SALAS
NDFP – Eatern Visayas
The revolutionary forces and masses of Eastern Visayas salute Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines, who passed away on 22 June 2011 at the age of 64. Ka Roger’s life of sacrifice and struggle in the service of the people will always be an exemplary model to the revolutionaries who follow him. His professionalism in the task of revolutionary propaganda was based on asserting truth and justice, worthy of emulation not only by comrades who persevere in the task but also by the mass media.
Ka Roger had the headstart as the communicator through the mass media of the official stand of the Party and the revolutionary movement. He showed the way by explaining the revolutionary stand in a simple, truthful and just way.
By speaking out for the people and insisting on the revolutionary path, he enlightened the people and encouraged a new generation of revolutionaries for more than a decade beginning in the early 1990s.
His pioneering work served well for the growth of other revolutionary spokespersons in their respective scopes.
There was a vast chasm between Ka Roger’s work and that of enemy propaganda. Ka Roger’s assertions were based on facts and concern for the people. Reactionary propaganda, especially by the military, were spun with lies and arrogant unconcern for the people. The mass media and the people saw for themselves who was telling the truth and who wasn’t.
Ka Roger also demonstrated a magnanimous approach to the mass media in being accommodating, patient and interested in their welfare – quite apart from the hostile, pompous and condescending military and civilian officials.
It is the greatest legacy of Ka Roger that the revolution continues to speak up in Eastern Visayas and throughout the country.
Today, the region is one of the main targets of all-out war Oplan Bayanihan. The Aquino regime, backed by US imperialism, is doing its utmost to suppress the revolutionary struggle of the people through war and propaganda. But the heightened reactionary attacks only drive the revolutionary forces and the people to fight harder and win national freedom and democracy. Their continuing propagation of revolutionary victories and the justness of the revolutionary cause serves as the lasting tribute to the memory of Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, hero of the Filipino people!