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A Salute to a Fallen Working Class Revolutionary

February 7, 2001
Partido ng Manggagawang Pilipino

A Salute to a Fallen Working Class Revolutionary

The Partido ng Manggagawang Pilipino salutes our slain comrade Ka Popoy Lagman even as we condole with his family in the loss of a brave father, son and brother.

The perpetrators of his treacherous ambush are people without souls. The Party vows to exact justice for his assassination in our own way. We will pursue the killers and masterminds to the ends of the earth.

We take this opportunity to announce that Ka Popoy was the Party's principal leader as its General-Secretary. He was the unanimous choice of the Central Committee to the post in its very first plenum.

Though barely two years old, the Party is founded upon the summing-up of the experience of more than seventy years of waging revolution since the time of Crisanto Evangelista. The theoretical and tactical foundations of the Party were contributed primarily by Ka Popoy.

He led the split from the moribund Communist Party of the Philippines of Joma Sison and reoriented the revolutionary movement to a new paradigm of struggle. Instead of a hopeless guerilla war in the countryside, he advocated the primacy of forging the workers as a class-conscious force for social revolution.

But Ka Popoy was more than a man of ideas for he was above all a man of action. Fighting was his element. And he fought with a passion, a tenacity and a success such as few could rival.

As a dedicated communist, he worked tirelessly to organize the working people in every opportunity he could. He touched the hearts of the masses he supported in the struggles for their daily bread and ultimate liberation. His boundless devotion to the cause of the working masses is an inspiration to the class-conscious proletariat.

The working class will pay tribute to a fallen comrade and an indefatigable leader by marching as one political army aware of its historic mission to liberate society from the shackles of wage slavery. Revolutionaries fall in the heat of struggle but the revolution rages on forward.

Ka Popoy is dead! Long live Ka Popoy! ###
The Partido ng Manggagawang Pilipino is an underground revolutionary party of the working class established on 30 January 1999.

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