Montreal, July 3, 2009 -- We are very saddened to hear of the death of a strong fighter for the Philippine and international working class, Comrade Wilson "Ka Wilson" Baldonaza, on July 1, 2009.
It is especially sad for those of us from Canada lucky to have spent time with Ka Wilson at this year's International Solidarity Affair held in Tagaytay as well as marching with him through the streets of Manila during the inspiring torch-lit May First rally.
We remember him as someone who was quiet and unassuming, but strong in his determination and solid in his desire to struggle for the fundamental rights and liberation of workers and the people, wherever they may be.
From thousands of miles away we send our sympathies to his wife, Lily, and to his friends, family and comrades at this difficult time. We realize this is a huge loss particularly for the KMU and the working people of the Philippines.
But we draw strength from Ka Wilson's memory and commit to raise our struggle against capitalism, imperialism and local reaction to a higher level and to help build a world in which all workers and peoples have the right to live their life to the fullest.
Ka Wilson is dead! Long live Ka Wilson!
Long live international solidarity!
Philippine Solidarity Network - Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Victoria)
International League of Peoples' Struggle - Canada
(message from the CAP-CPC sent to the KMU on July 3, 2009)