Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ka Roger and His Belated Hailing as a Red Hero


The delayed announcement of the death of Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, erstwhile spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) could have only benefitted their group as they needed to make the necessary adjustments at the demise of their once strong leader. Having no substantial knowledge on how the grounds lay at present – whether his death will signal the weakening of their (“revolutionary”) forces or otherwise – I can only make a simple comparison, that of the death of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

They were essentially of the same calling. They basically have the same form of enemy (or enemies). But how well will Ka Roger’s death fuel the campaign of their groups and all its different wings is yet to be seen. Che’s death in one way or another only galvanized the stronghold of Fidel Castro and his group in Cuba. The extent of the influence of Ka Roger, who can be considered already as one of the pillars of the Party, will be tested in this era of CCP without him.

As for the general public (who, for most of the time, is conditioned by the media), it is high time to take a short pause and ponder on this highly ironic fact, or call it existence. Their campaigns as “revolutionary” forces definitely have some basis (but how strong these basis are is another story) but the lingering question is how come not so many people join their ranks. It may be a naïve inquiry but a formative response would be some concepts are endowed with the thinking that they are higher callings. Perhaps for them, this protracted war is worth all their hardships. Or perhaps not. But they are indeed worthy of accolade for this is a brave way of painting a meaning–of the meaning–of their lives.

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