The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has sent its condolence to the National Democratic Front (NDF) for the passing away of Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal on June 22, 2011 at the age of 64 after suffering a heart attack in a guerrilla zone in Luzon.
Muhammad Ameen, chairperson of the MILF’s Secretariat, described Rosal as a true patriot and revolutionary who dedicated his whole for the lofty aspirations for the liberation of the Filipino people from the clutches of oppression and exploitation.
Hailed by his comrades as “a courageous fighter, militant defender of the people, respected comrade and good friend,” Rosal is now considered a hero and ranked alongside other heroes of the Philippine revolution who will forever inspire the Filipino people in their struggle for national and social liberation.
Rosal was born to Pablo Rosal and Crispina Crusat, sugarcane plantation workers, in Ibaan, Batangas on April 19, 1947.
He went underground after escaping from detention in 1973.
As CPP spokesman, a post assigned him in 1993, Rosal was very accessible to media and would often call up news outfits.
He was married to Rosemari “Ka Soly” Dumanais, although the CPP Central Committee said they divorced in 2003.
Until his last breath, Ka Roger devoted every moment of life to the hungry and deprived and their revolutionary struggle for social justice and national liberation.
Rosal was for more than a decade the Party’s spokesperson, and prior to this, as spokesperson of the New People’s Army in Southern Tagalog (Melito Glor Command).
Ka Roger died many times ago; i.e., if we are going to count media reports or the announcement made by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). But only this time the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) confirmed his death after four months.