LFS pays tribute to Ka Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran
The League of Filipino Students (LFS) and its chapters nationwide pays its highest tribute to Rep. Crispin Beltran, a great revolutionary leader, a man who constantly and tirelessly devoted his life for the interests of the working masses, especially the poor.
We salute Ka Bel for his lifelong dedication to upholding the national democratic aspirations of the oppressed people. We especially look up to him for remaining firm and courageous despite the constant harassment and fascist acts of violence imposed upon his person by the enemies of the Filipino people.
We remember Ka Bel for his simplicity and humility. His life and person embodied the activist principle: simpleng pamumuhay, puspusang pakikibaka. While being a Congressman, he rejected the corrupt practices in government and exposed the rottenness of traditional politics. Unlike the Arroyo’s, their minions and yellow trade union leaders, Ka Bel never used position for personal ends, and always represented the voice of the working class and the poor.
There is no reason for the enemies of the people to celebrate with the passing away of Ka Bel, as he left the Filipino people an example of genuine leadership, activism and struggle in the face of exploitation and state terror. Ka Bel showed the people that it was possible to attain victories in the struggle if the Filipino people unites in the assertion of their rights.
Ka Bel taught us that another society, a society free from exploitation, free from abuse, is possible, and that the struggle for which is the path that the Filipino people must take.
Ka Bel’s heroism will serve as inspiration to the Filipino youth and students to continue and intensify the struggle against the fascist and anti-people Arroyo regime. We will make sure that his relentless fighting spirit will continue haunt this government through bigger mass protests.
We are calling on LFS members, students and young people nationwide to hold protest actions, tribute meetings and to prepare for student walk-outs in the first days of school. We must continue the heroism of Ka Bel and intensify the national democratic struggle.
Ipagpatuloy ang kabayanihan ni Ka Bel!
Mabuhay ang Pambansa-Demokratikong Pakikibaka!