Twelve thousand supporters of the slain New People Army Commader Leoncio “Ka Parago” Pitao joined his funeral procession as tribute to his 37-year revolutionary service, according to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Southern Mindanao Region Secretary General Sheena Duazo.
Supporters who came all the way from CARAGA, North Central Mindanao, Far South Mindanao, North Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Davao City, Compostella Valley, Davao Oriental withstood the two-hour funeral procession to send Ka Parago to his resting place.
The 1st Pulang Bagani Battalion Commander was gunned down by the AFP while being treated for his hyperthyroidism, hepatitis, and diabetes on June 28, 2015, in Brgy. Panalum, Paquibato District, Davao City.
Ka Parago’s medic, Vanessa “Ka Kyle” Limpag was also killed despite declaring she was a medic. This is a violation by the AFP of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL) and the provisions in the Geneva Convention.
Despite NPA’s major loss, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas – Southern Mindanao Region Spokesperson Tony Salubre declared their fight will endure.
“Ang pakikibaka ng mga magsasaka, armado man o hindi armado, ay magpapatuloy kahit wala na si Kumander Parago. Gaya ng sinabi ni Kumander Parago, ang Rebolusyon ay hindi tunggalian ng military at ng NPA, kung hindi tunggalian ng mga inaapi sa nang-aapi. Hangga’t hindi nawawala ang ganitong sistema, ang Rebolusyon at pakikibaka ay magpapatuloy, Salubre said.
Ka Parago served in the armed revolution since 1979 during Martial Law. Aside from leading and training many young warriors from the 1980s to the 1990s to launch countless disarming operations, he also led in the capture of Gen. Victor Obillo and Capt. Eduardo Montealto in 1999, the Davao Penal Colony raid in 2007, and launched successful tactical offensives in the Southern Mindanao Region.