The Communist Party of the Philippines said Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal died of a heart attack last June 22. He was 64.

MANILA, Oct 10 – Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, the spokesperson for the Communist Party of the Philippines, has passed away.

Rosal, 64, succumbed to heart attack last June 22, according to a statement from the CPP on Sunday.

“The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) wishes to inform its entire membership, all revolutionary forces and the public in general that CPP spokesperson Gregorio ‘Ka Roger’ Rosal passed away in a guerrilla zone on June 22 after suffering a heart attack. He was 64,” the CPP statement read.

The group said the public announcement of Rosal’s death was delayed “to allow the concerned organs of the CPP to inform Ka Roger’s daughters of their father’s demise.”

“Intense military operations prevented information from reaching his daughters with dispatch. Ka Roger’s siblings have also been informed of his passing,” the CPP added.

In paying tribute to its fallen comrade, the CPP said Rosal’s life “will serve as an inspiration to the people to carry forward their revolutionary struggles.”

The CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army, which recently hogged the headlines for attacking three mining sites in Surigao del Norte, is set to honor Rosal at noon on October 15 with a gun salute.

“All units of the CPP and revolutionary mass organizations are enjoined to launch tribute meetings to remember Ka Roger and his contributions to the historic revolutionary struggles of the Filipino people,” it said.

AFP condoles with Ka Roger’s family

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has sent its condolences to the family and relatives of Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal. In a statement, the AFP said “it can be recalled that when the information about the lingering illness of Mr. Rosal reached the AFP, the leadership of the AFP through (Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali) immediately offered medical treatment upon his return to government fold.”

AFP also took the opportunity to call for unity with the communists.

“May his demise provide opportunities for enlightenment to some of our misguided brothers and sisters who continue to resort to armed struggle as a means to achieve their interests…let us all respond to the people’s call that we have to unite and work for a just and lasting peace,” AFP said.