A tree falls but the forest lives forever

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New People’s Army
Regional Political Department
Southern Mindanao Region
July 2, 2015

A tree falls but the forest lives forever
A thousand Ka Parago have risen.

On behalf of the New People’s Army and all the revolutionary and progressive forces in Southern Mindanao, may we express our most profound salute to Comrade Parago (Leoncio Pitao) and to our medic comrade Kyle (Vanessa Limpag) who were both killed by the military on June 28, 2015 in Barangay Panalum, Paquibato district, Davao City.

They have served the masses with all their hearts and have given their lives to the cause of national democratic revolution. They are the people’s most cherished heroes who will inspire us to persevere in the struggle until victory is achieved.  As Ka Parago defiantly roared at the very last moments of his life, “long live the revolution,  long live the oppressed masses!”

May we also express our heartfelt condolence to the wife and children of Ka Parago who have endured the travails of being members of a family of a famous Red fighter. They have been constantly maligned, harassed and subjected to many atrocities by the military, including the horrific death of their young daughter/sibling Rebelyn. We salute your courage in your devotion to Ka Parago and the path that he had taken. We are one with you in your grief and shall assist you in whatever way we can and will always consider you as a part our growing revolutionary family.

May we also take this opportunity to thank the masses, allies and friends and acquaintances for their continuing support especially to those who in these long years of struggle, have stood by Ka Parago and the revolution. We call on them to pay their last respect to their friend and comrade who now lies in state at Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes and whose interment is scheduled on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Let us not be afraid to express allegiance to our friend and comrade who had constantly represented our aspirations and struggle for a just and better life. As we grieve the demise of Comrades Parago and Kyle, we turn this grief into an occasion to better understand and appreciate the challenges that lie ahead. We turn this grief into greater revolutionary passion and commitment. For as long as the basic problems of our people remain, the people’s war continues.

As the old saying goes, “a tree falls but the forest lives forever.” Ka Parago may have been gone but a thousand Ka Parago have risen.

(sgd.)Ka Simon Santiago
Political Director
New People’s Army
Regional Political Department

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