Ka Bel bids farewell

May 20, 2008

Anakpawis Representative  Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran passed away early this morning after suffering severe head injuries and four cardiac arrests. Ka Bel, a long time labor unionist, was known to be the passionate militant leader who courageously advanced the interests of Filipino workers.

I can still remember the day when I, together with my co-interns at the Southern Tagalog Exposure, had a rare chance to personally visit him while he was in a hospital arrest at the Philippine Heart Center. That was in 2006. We were able to talk to him. He shared his thoughts on the fight against trade union repression. He narrated a lot of stories. And during the small talk, we made him cry. Very passionate talaga siya.

This is a very sad day for the working class.

He will forever be an inspiration to us.

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