By Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
On behalf of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, I wish to express high appreciation and deep gratitude to Ina Alleco R. Silverio for writing the biography KA BEL: The Life & Struggle of Crispin Beltran, and the Southern Voices Printing Press for publishing it.
We share with you the joy of launching the book at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Auditorium in Metro Manila. The book is a meaningful celebration of the exemplary life and great legacy of an outstanding leader of the working class and the Filipino people.
Ina Alleco R. Silverio is highly qualified to write the book. She is an excellent writer who is skilled at dramatizing the nodal events in the life of a humble and yet extraordinary achiever in the service of the proletariat and the people. But even more importantly she worked for and with Ka Bel for many years and was close to his family and many comrades. She is able to present competently and intimately how Ka Bel lived up to his principles.
She succeeds in depicting how Ka Bel resolutely fought against the powerful forces of oppression and exploitation, how he suffered the conditions of the exploited masses and the harsh punitive actions taken against him by the oppressors and how he and the people obtained significant achievements in the struggle for national liberation, democracy and social justice against the imperialists and the local exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords.
We recommend the book for reading by everyone interested in understanding both the decades of Philippine history in which Ka Bel made outstanding contributions to the labor movement and the revolutionary movement of the Filipino people and the current conditions of worsening crisis conditions which require the revolutionary principles and militancy of Ka Bel for the solution of the basic problems of the people and the full attainment of national and social liberation.
The International League of Peoples’ Struggle is calling on all its member-organizations to promote the book and organize book launches in various countries. The League is ever committed to honoring Ka Bel as its first Chairperson and to propagating his revolutionary legacy of struggle against imperialism and all reaction. Ever shining is his devotion to the historic mission of the working class to build socialism, to the anti-imperialist people’s solidarity and to proletarian internationalism.