BAYAN mourns death of Sen. Rene Saguisag


April 24, 2024

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) deeply mourns the passing of former senator Rene Saguisag, Filipino patriot, staunch human rights lawyer and civil libertarian, indefatigable fighter for justice, nationalism and democracy.

We join the nation in giving thanks and paying tribute to Sen. Saguisag, an activist who never lost his bearings through the twists and turns of the people’s struggle. From taking the cudgels for human rights victims during the Marcos dictatorship, voting against the US Military Bases Agreement in the Senate, to opposing Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Rodrigo Duterte’s fascist regimes, Sen. Saguisag’s long life of service to the nation and the people will always be cherished.

May be an image of 1 person and text that says "Paalam み pagpupugay Sen. Rene Saguisag (1939-2024) 2024) (1939- Tunay na makabayan, tagapagtanggol ng kalayaan, demokrasya den at karapatang pantao. BAYAN"

We will always remember and appreciate Sen. Saguisag’s friendship and warm relations with BAYAN and other national democratic organizations. He never let political and ideological differences get in the way of pursuing common aspirations and advocacies, especially if it concerned our people”s rights and welfare.

In his later years, despite his old age and ailments, he became an active convenor of the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) that campaigned against the extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations of the Duterte regime, the No to Cha-cha Coalition that fought Duterte’s self-serving efforts to amend the Constitution, and the Pilipinong Nagkakaisa Para sa Soberanya (P1NAS) that opposed China’s bogus claims over the West PH Sea as well as the US’ increasing role in stoking the PH-China conflict. Unfortunately, the COVID 19 pandemic and his failing health prevented him from taking on more work in these and other advocacies.

May Sen. Saguisag’s life serve as a shining example and inspiration to our fellow Filipinos in their continuing struggle for freedom, justice, and democracy.

Hindi pa tapos ang laban, Sen. Rene. Katulad mo, ipagpapatuloy namin ito hanggang sa ganap na tagumpay.#

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