In Revolutionary Memory
of Horacio “Ka Boy” Morales
NDF-National Democratic Front of the Philippines
March 06, 2012
To Bel and the family and loved ones of Horacio “Ka Boy” Morales, his
fellow fighters, friends and colleagues:
I, and others who were Ka Boy’s fellow comrades-in-arms and fellow
fighters in the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF) extend
our deep and heartfelt condolences at his demise.
We honor Ka Boy for devotedly having served the national democratic
revolutionary movement in our country for a long time — starting from
where he was stil l a ranking government official (as Executive
Vice-President of the Development Academy of the Philippines), when he
openly defected to the national democratic revolutionary movement on the
very night he was to receive the award as one of the Ten Outstandi ng
Young Men (TOYM) in the Philippines in December 1977, and when for several
years he lived the life of a revolutionary fighter in the New People’s
Army and became a leading cadre of the NDF.
Even before his open defection, when he was still active in the
reactionary government’s bureaucracy, NDF comrades who were in touch with
him saw in him a very high and fast rising enthusiasm in the national
democratic revolutionary movement as he learned more and more about its
cause and the basic changes it has been fighting for to replace the rotten
reactionary government, state and social system he was still serving.
He was not only very much against the open fascist rule then heavily
oppressing the people, but also and more basically he was against the
semi-colonial and semi-feudal rule that has been keeping the country
subjugated and backward, and its people exploited, oppressed, poor and
miserable. High up the ladder of the rotten government and behind his cool
and apparently unperturbed demeanor, he deeply felt the people’s
sufferings and wanted to do all he could to help them in their fight.
He was fully convinced of the national democratic revolutionary line,
strategy and program — the genuine national liberation, economic progress,
social upliftment and a real bright future for the country and people can
only be achieved by radically replacing the prevailing rotten, parasitical
and oppressive government, state and social system with one that will be
truly free, just, democratic, pro-progress and pro-people.
Even when he was still at the DAP, he had already secretly organized five
active NDF groups right in the DAP, and three other groups in other
agencies of the government. As a pleasant surprise, I learned later that
at least one of my business management students at the Asian Institute of
Management way back in 1974 was one of those he was recruiting into the
national democratic revolutionary movement. Ka Boy also often arranged for
the use of government facilities in support of NDF activities. He also
organized arrangements for the solicitation and sending of support to NDF
organizers and fighters in the field, including arms and other material
He was, however, not content with working for the national democratic
revolutionary movement at just those levels. The very night he was to be
awarded TOYM recognition, he openly defected — leaving only a statement to
be read for him by his mother about why he defected — and went straight to
a consolidated area of the NDF in the countryside. I had the honor of
directly assisting in his defection, personally accompanying him to a
stable NDF base and making arrangements for his integration and safety.
In his decision to immerse with the people and serve them in the best way
he could for their sake and future, he sacrificed a lot, including normal
family life. Even if he was quiet about it, he missed his children, and it
was not very easy for him. He was confident, however, they would later
For a long time, he was based in one of the consolidated areas of
authority of the people’s revolutionary government under the protection of
the New Peoples’ Army and auspices of the NDF in Central Luzon. Living and
working with the downtrodden, he learned more concretely and more deeply
about their sufferings and the political-socio-economic-cultural causes of
these historically embedded injustices in the prevailing rotten system,
and became even determined to fight side by side with them for decisive
fundamental changes in the government, state and social system prevailing
in the country.
When he was later placed in the NDF’s National Secretariat, arrangements
were made so that he and his fellow secretariat members, consultants and
other personnel could safely travel, meet and consult with others the NDF
needed to confer with in various regions in the country.
He was arrested and imprisoned by the Marcos martial law regime in 1982
and regained freedom after the People Power uprising in 1986.
Even as he later turned to other immediate concerns since then, he had
always maintained basic sympathy with the national democratic
revolutionary movement, had kept in touch with contacts in the NDF and, in
a number of times, served as an informal bridge in alliance work and peace
Some, who are just learning now about it, would probably be surprised at
how deep Ka Boy had become committed and directly involved in the national
democratic revolutionary movement. It bears serious thought.
There have been others and there will be many more like him as the
national democratic revolutionary movement advances.
We will not forget all that Ka Boy has done and fought for in furtherance
of the movement and in the interest of the Filipino people.
ALAN JAZMINES detained NDF Consultant PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame 6