National Democratic Front peace negotiating chair Agcaoli dies at 75
MANILA – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines announced the passing of Fidel V. Agcaoili at 12:45 PM in Utrecht, The Netherlands (6:45 P.M. in Manila) at age 75. He would have turned 76 on August 8 this year.
In a statement, the NDFP said a medical professional disclosed Mr. Agcaoili’s death was due to pulmonary arterial rupture which caused massive internal bleeding.
“It was not COVID-19 related,” the statement further revealed. His remains will be flown to the Philippines according to the wishes of his family.
He was Chairperson of the NDFP Peace Negotiating Panel at the time of his death.
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, in a message to this writer said he joins all 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.”
“Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili, my counterpart in the peace table in our efforts to try to end the decades-long armed conflict with the CPP-NPA-NDF, was a man of honor and conviction. He was an instrument in making the mostly arduous task of talking peace smoother and a bit easier,” he further said.
He added it “is just sad that Ka Fidel will no longer savor the lasting peace with justice that he was pursuing with passion.”
“Goodbye to a dear friend, a revolutionary, and a peace warrior,” Secretary Bello concluded. (Melo M. Acuña)
Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili. NDFP Peace Negotiating Panel (left) sitting with Prof. Jose Maria Sison in a press event with FOCAP July 5,2018 and Labor Secretary and GRP Peace Negotiating Panel chair Silvestre H. Bello III in file photo. (Melo M. Acuna)