Activists give final tribute to Ka Roger | Inquirer News
Close  

Activists give final tribute to Ka Roger

/ 05:59 PM March 29, 2016
Thousands of activists fill the UP theater for a final tribute for Ka Roger Rosal. Photo from Kristine Sabillo Twitter account

Thousands of activists fill the UP theater for a final tribute for Ka Roger Rosal. Photos from Kristine Sabillo Twitter account

Ka Roger's urn placed on the stage for a final tribute at UP Theater

Ka Roger’s urn placed on the stage for a final tribute at UP Theater

Thousands of activists on Tuesday paid their respects to Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, whose ashes were finally brought to Manila five years after he died of a heart attack in the hinterlands of northern Luzon.

University of the Philippines (UP) Theater was filled with people hoping to watch performances and hear stories about the life of the iconic New People’s Army (NPA) commander. The tribute coincides with the 47th anniversary of the NPA.

ADVERTISEMENT

Rosal, who was the spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), is considered one of the most recognizable faces of the communist movement, second only to CPP founder Joma Sison.

One of the organizers said that while they already held a tribute in 2011, it was the first time that the public would be able to see his remains, which are now kept in a small metal urn.

FEATURED STORIES

He said security and other concerns made it difficult for Rosal’s remains to be brought to Manila immediately after his death.

Rosal’s urn will be brought to his hometown in Ibaan, Batangas, on Thursday after a series of tributes and public viewings in southern Luzon. His remains will be interred in Ibaan.

The CPP, in a statement, said Rosal deserved to have a grave with his name on it. It described Rosal as a propagandist who fought for the interests of workers and farmers.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the political arm of the CPP, said Rosal became popular because he served as “the voice, the face and spirit of the revolutionary movement” since the Marcos dictatorship.

“He was an excellent communicator,” the NDFP negotiating panel said in a statement. “He was a favorite of media people. They loved to call him up and interview him.”

Rosal was most known for his interviews and good relations with media. Some of the personalities who gave their testimonies about Rosal were broadcasters.

Ed Lingao of TV5 said they knew “Ka Roger” as someone with a “sense of humor and sense of humanity” while Deo Macalma of dzRH shared his unforgettable experiences with the late NPA commander.

ADVERTISEMENT

The tribute featured musical performances, old footages of Rosal and interviews with his parents and comrades.

The CPP has been waging the longest running insurgency in Asia. Its peace negotiations with the Philippine government remain stalled. RC

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Communist Party of the Philippines, Gregorio Rosal, Joma Sison, Ka Roger, New People's Army
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.