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Issue # 1414      10 June 2009

Comrade Pedro P Baguisa

(January 31, 1952 – May 29, 2009)

The Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) sadly announces the death of its General Secretary, Comrade Pedro P Baguisa, at a hospital in Antipolo City, Rizal Province, yesterday, May 29, 2009. He succumbed to renal failure and other complications while undergoing his first dialysis treatment.

Born in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija Province, on January 31, 1952, he joined in 1969 the local chapter of the Malayang Pagkakaisa ng Kabataang Pilipino (MPKP, the Independent Association of Filipino Youth, which was banned under martial law). He joined the Party in 1970, and was a delegate to the 6th Party Congress held in Sta Maria town, Bulacan Province, in January 1973.

He was the founding president of the Samahan sa Ika-uunlad ng Kabataang Pilipino (SIKAP, the Association for the Advancement of the Filipino Youth), which was organised in June 1976. While leading this progressive national youth organisation, he finished his collegiate studies in economics at the University of the East in Manila.

He was elected to the Central Committee at the 7th Party Congress held at Malolos City and Quezon City on July 30-31, 1977. At the 9th Party Congress held in Cabiao town, Nueva Ecija province, on December 30, 1986, he was elected to the Political Bureau of the Central Committee.

Comrade Baguisa was elected General Secretary at the 10th Party Congress held at the campus of the Araullo Lyceum in Cabanatuan City on November 7, 1993. He was re-elected to this position at the 11th Party Congress (San Isidro town, Nueva Ecija Province, November 7, 1998), the 12th Party Congress (Quezon City, November 7, 2003), and the 13th Party Congress (Malolos City, November 7, 2008).

His leadership of the PKP-1930 has been marked by his avid propagation of Marxism-Leninism, his indefatigable efforts to lead the masses, his bold initiation of Party activities, and his constant optimism in the victory of the struggle for National Democracy and Socialism. The PKP-1930 will keep alive his spirit of Communist valour and self-sacrifice.

Comrade Pedro Baguisa is survived by his wife, Comrade Liwayway Baguisa, and their three children. Necrological services will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2009, immediately before his funeral at Cabanatuan City.

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