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Tribute to Honorable Reynaldo S. Uy, M.D.
The MAKABAYAN Coalition pays the highest tribute to Reynaldo S. Uy, doctor of the people, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) leader, three-term congressman, and Mayor of Calbayog City. As a medical doctor, Rey Uy followed the path of Dr. Remberto "Bobby" de la Paz in serving the impoverished people of Samar. For his dedicated work, Bobby was shot dead by minions of the Marcos dictatorship in 1982. Rey was similarly shot dead, ironically, after decades of reinstalled formal democracy. After the fascist regime was ousted in 1986, then President Corazon C. Aquino appointed Rey as officer-in-charge of Calbayog. In the subsequent elections he was elected vice mayor, then mayor. He served his constituents well. Rey was elected representative of the first district of Samar for three successive terms, from 2001 to 2010. In the House of Representatives he consistently took a principled stand in support of our progressive party-list bloc's key advocacies, particularly exposing, denouncing and investigating the spate of extrajudicial killlings, enforced disappearances and other forms of human rights violations attributed mainly to the military. Rep. Uy courageously stood up against Gloria M. Arroyo's henchman and favorite general, Jovito Palparan Jr., both when the latter led a bloody counterinsurgency campaign in Samar-Leyte and when he became a party-list representative in the 14th Congress. After Palparan delivered a privilege speech falsely accusing him of having ordered the killing of certain persons in Samar, Rep. Uy presented the living persons in the House gallery and delivered a stinging rebuke of the retired general. He said, Ang magbuhos ng dugo para sa bayan Ay kagitingang hindi malilimutan. It is truly saddening, indeed enraging, that the extrajudicial killings have continued under the present administration -- and Rey Uy has become the latest victim. In his name and of all the other victim-martyrs before him, we vow to continue fighting for justice for all victims of human rights violations. We shall unrelentingly pursue what they died for: freedom, justice, democracy, and genuine, lasting peace. We shall ever remember and cherish their lives, their work, their sacrifices for the people.

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