ANGELES CITY. - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and the City Council of Angeles hailed the significant contributions of the Kapampangan peasant-leader Luis MangalusTaruc through a council resolution signed on June 27.
In a resolution formally endorsed and concurred to by Pamintuan, the City Council recognized Taruc’s role in the pursuit of freedom and agrarian reform struggle.
“We honor Taruc’s contributions to the struggle for national liberation and democracy especially against foreign invasion and for the peasantry," Pamintuan said.
Taruc, who hailed San Luis, Pampanga, was the former supreme leader of the Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Hapon (HUKBALAHAP) and led a massive guerilla movement against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the World War II.
Called ‘supremo’ his colleagues, Taruc championed the rights of the Filipino farmers and farm workers. Taruc joined the Partido Socialista ng Pilipinas headed by another Kapampangan revolutionistary Pedro Abad Santos, which later merged with the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas chaired by labor leader Crisanto Evangelista. The merged PSP and PKP established the HUKBALAHAP when the war broke out.
After the war, Taruc was elected to Congress as the representative of the second district of Pampanga but was ousted in 1946, hunted like a criminal and was eventually jailed due to his opposition to the Bell Trade Act which gave the United States of America superior control over the economy and natural resources of the country.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has declared Taruc as a “hero” and a “nationalist defender of the rights of the farmer and workers”.
“This resolution is an expression of full support to the contributions of Taruc to our country. Taruc's Kapampangan lineage is really something great and worthy of our respect,” said Edgardo Pamintuan, Jr., one of the primary sponsors of the city council resolution.