The Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) has learned with deep sorrow of the death of Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili, Chairperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Peace Negotiating Panel.
Ka Fidel 75, died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 23 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he was exiled. The cause of death was “pulmonary arterial rupture which caused massive internal bleeding. It was not Covid-19 related,” the NDFP said in a statement.
Ka Fidel shouldered the heavy responsibility of attempting to negotiate an end to the fighting between the Philippines Army and Government, on one hand, and the people’s revolutionary forces of the New Peoples Army under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines, on the other.
Ka Fidel was a man of great integrity and honour. Philippine Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the government’s chief negotiator, said that Agcaoli was a revolutionary whose passion for peace was as ardent as his love for structural change for the Philippines and the Filipino people.
His remains will be flown to the Philippines in accordance with the wishes of his family.
On behalf of our members and supporters, the Central Committee of the CPA (M-L) expresses it heartfelt condolences to Ka Fidel’s comrades and family.
Chairperson, CPA (M-L)
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is the revolutionary united front organization of the Filipino people fighting for national freedom and for the democratic rights of the people. The NDFP seeks to develop and coordinate all progressive classes, sectors and forces in the Filipino people’s struggle to end the rule of US imperialism and its local allies of big landlords and compradors, and attain national and social liberation.