Words of Tribute to Malvin Christian “Ka Lean” V. Cruz, 1999-2020
“To die for the people is weightier than Mount Tai, but to work for the fascists and die for the exploiters and oppressors is lighter than a feather.” – Mao Tse Tung (Serve the People, 1944)
Notwithstanding the 61st IBPA’s prattle that his is a “wasted life” after he joined the revolutionary movement, Malvin’s friends, classmates, colleagues, and mentors applauded the life he lived, they offered their highest salute to the people’s martyr.
Malvin Christian V. Cruz, who is also known by his nom de guerre Ka Lean, was slain in an unfortunate encounter with the members of the 61st IBPA at Barangay Dalije, Miagao, Iloilo last week, June 29, 2020.
When he was finally identified, many of Malvin’s friends posted on social media their objections on unfair words “wasted life” bandied the 61st IBPA, and they countered that Malvin’s life was “NOT WASTED”. His friends and colleagues said that Malvin believed in giving his life as the “highest offering” to the noble cause of the Revolution.
According to one of his best and closest friends since elementary grades, Malvin has been his guide and motivation: “He [Malvin] is a pure-hearted and smart person. I am proud that you stood up for what you believed for,” testified by his best friend.
Malvin entered the University of the Philippines Visayas in 2015 and took up Bachelor of Science in Statistics. Despite being a new student at the University, he already was aware of the lingering issues faced by the studentry especially the urgent call for free education.
He joined the League of the Filipino Students (LFS) and became the person-in-charge of its education committee. He performed his tasks with enthusiasm. In the statement released by the League of the Filipino Students–UPV, Malvin was described as a determined and persistent activist. He always takes opportunities to educate his fellow Iskos and Iskas on the commercialization of and neoliberal attacks on the educational system. “He was at the forefront in the stronger call for “Free Education for All”, said LFS-UPV.
Malvin also immersed himself in the day-to-day struggles of the workers, farmers, urban poor, PUJ drivers, and other constituents of the basic masses. He was actively present during the mobilizations to oppose the jeepney phaseout plan of the government and during the strike or untat byahe in June 2017.
According to Harley Regua, former UPV LFS Chairperson, “he [Malvin] didn’t choose to live in misery. He lived to end that misery – the reason why he was killed.” And that “Malvin is more than just an activist for he’s a revolutionary,” Regua added.
On Twitter, many of Malvin’s friends also called him the “Hero of the Masses” and lambasted the 61st IBPA, arguing that Malvin’s life is “NOT” a life wasted for Malvin died serving the people he loved, not as a paid tool of fascists and oligarchs.
“Malvin is an inspiration to and of the Filipino youth”, said LFS. “He is the epitome of a true Iskolar ng Bayan,” the group concluded.
In the end, Malvin lived the life he wanted and aimed for, and the people are indeed proud of him just as he said, “One day, you will be proud of me because your son grew up selflessly.” /PT