THE COMMUNIST PARTY of the Philippines offers its Red salute to Comrade Jaime Soledad (aka Ka Mike, Ka Jordan and Ka Fred) for his selfless service to the toiling masses and the revolutionary movement. Ka Jaime succumbed to cancer on May 13 at the age of 70.
Ka Jaime last served as a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) from 2016 to 2017. During the 1970s, Ka Jaime served as one of the cadres who led in founding and advancing the revolutionary movement in Leyte. He served as a writer and Waray and Bisaya translator for Ang Bayan from 2005 to 2009. He was illegally arrested in 2009 and was released in 2016 to participate in the peace negotiations. He also served as the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas during the regime of Corazon Aquino.
Ka Jaime was one of the students who went to the countryside in the 1970s and sowed the seeds of the armed revolution. He was a student at the University of the Philippines before he was deployed in Leyte. He abandoned the UP Vanguard, the organization of ROTC cadets in the university, and joined the New People’s Army.