Gabriela Women’s Party mourns the passing away of veteran labor leader and militant partylist Representative Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran.
In his death, we have lost a most formidable ally of workers, peasants and the urban poor.
He has lived a worthy life in defense of the rights of workers and the toiling masses as president of the Kilusang Mayo Uno and eventually as a representative of Bayan Muna in the 12th Congress and of Anakpawis Partylist in the 13th and 14th Congress. Ka Bel is behind the proposed P125 across the board legislated wage increase and the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill.
He has faced battles as political detainee during the Marcos administration and later on under the Arroyo regime after President Arroyo declared a crackdown on her most vocal critics and issued Proclamation 1017.
We grieve with Ka Bel’s family and the masses that he has courageously and wholeheartedly served. We shall carry on his dreams of leaving his grandchildren and the Filipino masses a more humane and just society.