The Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines on 12 September issued messages expressing sympathies on the passing of Communist Party of Peru founder and leader Manuel Ruben Abimael Guzman Reynoso, who was also known as Presidente Gonzalo. He died in prison on 11 September 2021 at the age of 86.
The CPP in their message declared that Comrade Gonzalo “deserves recognition for his promotion and defense of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. He gave the best years of his life and sacrificed for the proletariat and oppressed masses of Peru, and their aspirations for national and social liberation.”
The CPP also acknowledged that Gonzalo “was the first to take initiative in using the term Maoism as a way of declaring higher appreciation for the great Mao Zedong and his epochal accomplishments, and acclaiming his theory and practice as third stage in the development of Marxist theory and practice”.
In their message, the NDFP declared, “The NDFP raises its clenched fist in revolutionary salute to Comrade Gonzalo – revolutionary proletarian intellectual, Communist fighter, thinker and leader; champion of Maoism, people's war and international solidarity; a hero of the workers and peoples of Peru and the world.”
Comrade Gonzalo was arrested in 1992 and was imprisoned in an underground grave-like prison. He was made to face repeated illegal trials and was sentenced to several life sentences. Despite worldwide campaigns for his release, the Peruvian government refused to release him even when he was already terminally ill.