The CCP NPA declared that Ka Roger Rosal was died already foru months ago. Rosal is the former spokesperson of the group and also the face of the rebel organization.
Rosal died from heart attack last June 22, 2011. He was 64 of age.
CCP reveals that Rosal suffered his stroke last 1997 and the second was on year 2000.
“He suffered his second stroke in 2000 and had to go on leave for a few months. But as he did after his first attack, he strove to return to his revolutionary work in the countryside,” it said.
Rosal again suffered a stroke on May 1, 2006, which caused him more damage. It “led to the gradual deterioration of his condition until it became impossible for him to resume his previous tasks,” the CPP statement said.
“From 2006 to 2011, Ka Roger was cared for by a team of comrades who ensured his security, medical needs and quality of life. Although he could no longer assume his usual responsibilities, he kept in close touch with the Information Bureau and was consulted from time to time on its work,” the CPP said.
Even with his disabilities, Rosal still woke up at dawn to listen to the news, it said.
“At times, he was able to review statements issued by the party. He was deeply concerned upon hearing about media killings and about the deaths of several reporters in the Maguindanao massacre in November 2009,” the group said.
Arm Forces of the Philippines on the other hand has sent their condolences,
“When the information about the lingering illness of Rosal reached the AFP, the leadership of the AFP through Southern Luzon Command commander Lieutenant General Roland Detabali immediately offered medical treatment upon his return to the government fold,” said Colonel Arnulfo Burgos Jr., the military public affairs chief.
“May his demise provide opportunities for enlightenment to some of our misguided brothers and sisters who continue to resort to armed struggle as a means to achieve their interests,” Burgos said