Staunch patriot, widely- respected labor leader, internationalist,honorable public servant, and beloved son of the
masses — this is Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran.
An unrelenting union organizer since his youth, he was also a champion of peasants and the urban poor, living among them and fighting for their demands for years until his death on May 20, 2008. His integrity and incorruptibility shone brilliantly until his last days.
He was imprisoned several times by those in power to pressure him into cooperation. He fought for laws where they
benefit the people, resisted anti-democratic government schemes, exposing attempts to bribe him into compliance.
Most of all, it was his ardent wish for the working class everywhere to break free from the shackles of wage slavery, and for his beloved country to achieve genuine independence and prosperity.