Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday mourned the passing of Fidel Agcaoili, chairperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating panel.
The Labor chief said they join peace-loving Filipinos in grieving the passing of a revolutionary whose passion for peace is as ardent as his love for structural change on the land of his birth.
He said Agcaoili, his counterpart in the peace table in the effort to try to end the decades-long armed conflict with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), was a man of “honor and conviction.”
“He was an instrument in making the mostly arduous tasks of talking peace smoother and a bit easier,” said Bello in a statement.
“It is just sad that Ka Fidel will no longer savor the lasting peace with justice that he was pursuing with passion,” he added.
“Goodbye to a friend, a revolutionary, and a peace warrior,” Bello said.
Agcaoili died Thursday in the Netherlands due to pulmonary arterial rupture.