CPP condoles with DPRK on death of Kim Jong Il

Ang Bayan
January 7, 2012

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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) conveyed its condolences to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the death of Kim Jong Il, leader of the Korean Worker's Party and commander of the Korean People's Army.

Kim Jong Il died on December 19 at the age of 69. An official DPRK statement said that he died of a heart attack due to physical and mental exhaustion brought about by months of overwork.

The people of the DPRK were saddened by the news and deeply mourned their leader's death. Despite the severe winter, millions poured out into the streets to express their mourning. Kim was buried on December 28.

Kim Jong Il left behind a brilliant tradition of patriotism and anti-imperialism. During his 17-year rule, he stood for national freedom in the face of US imperialist aggression and diplomatic pressure.

The CPP added that like his father Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il inspired patriotism among his countrymen to steel their determination to resist imperialist aggression and suppression. US imperialism has been angered no end by the determination and collective will of the working class and people of the DPRK to defend their country's sovereignty and persevere in advancing socialism and their refusal to buckle down to the neoliberal policies of “free market” globalization.

Despite an economic blockade imposed by the imperialists that has been running for more than six decades, the DPRK has succeeded not only in defending its national freedom but in making big strides in various fields. Under Kim Jong Il's leadership, the DPRK forged alliances with other countries that likewise defended their national freedom and resisted imperialist intervention and suppression.

Kim Jong Il's death is a big loss to the Korean people. But under the leadership of the Korean Worker's Party, they will surely persevere along the path of national liberation and in consolidating Korea as a modern, progressive and democratic system under the banner of socialism.