The following statement below was originally published by the Communist Party of the Philippines:
April 19, 2012
Revolutionary forces under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today marked the 65th birthday of former CPP spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal. The CPP issued the following statement:
Today, we mark the 65th birth anniversary of Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, former spokesman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
In behalf of Ka Roger’s family, friends and comrades, the CPP would like to express its gratitude to the tens of thousands of people who expressed sympathy over his passing on June 22, 2011. Announcement of his death last year sparked widespread grief and inspired revolutionary fervor. Gun salutes were carried out by by NPA units across the country even as thousands joined street demonstrations in various cities, the October 21 tribute rally, wrote poems, songs and essays and tributes.
Ka Roger was a popular figure of the Filipino people’s revolutionary cause. He was, however, ever humble and conscious of the fact that he was just one among the multitudes of revolutionary fighters who devoted their lives in service of the oppressed and exploited people.
As a fitting tribute to Ka Roger and his life of selfless sacrifice for the Filipino people’s revolutionary cause, let us declare April 19 as “Serve the People Day.” Let us devote April 19 of every year to educational, cultural, political and other activities to study and draw inspiration from the life and struggle of Ka Roger and all other heroes and martyrs of the Filipino people’s struggle for national and social liberation.