MIGRANTE remembers Captain Ka Bel


MIGRANTE INTERNATIONAL mourns the death of veteran
labor leader Anakpawis Rep. Crispin “Ka Bel”
Beltran, whom we fondly call “Captain Ka Bel.

Ka Bel Beltran is a true champion of migrant
Filipinos’ rights and welfare. In the sudden passing
away of Ka Bel, we have lost, not only an ally, a
fighter and a friend but a brave and kind comrade who
lived his life, true to the tenets of “Serve The
People”.

For championing the cause of the working class all
around the world and, also, tireless in advancing
ofws’ rights and welfare, migrant Filipinos
everywhere have fondly given him the monicker
“Captain Ka Bel”, drawn from Mars Ravelo’s comic
superhero, “ Captain Barbell”, who was a fearless
defender of the poor.

Captain Ka Bel fought valiantly for us. In Hongkong,
he made a vigorous and successful stand against wage
cuts of Filipino domestic workers. As a Congressman,
first for Bayan Muna and , later on for AnakPawis, he
filed more than 20 resolutions and made fiery
privilege speeches against the intensification of the
exploitation of ofws and government’s labor export
program. He made sure that our voices be heard in the
halls of Congress. He also was a constant text mate
and visitor at our office, always seeking our opinions
on various issues or offering his warm support and
friendship in difficult times.

Though his death is a great loss to migrant Filipinos
worldwide, his life, as he lived it will always serve
as an inspiration. He will no longer be physically
with us but Captain Ka Bel’s cape will continue to
flutter on every member of the working class as we
pursue this gallant fight for social justice and
genuine freedom.

Hindi mo kami maiiwan ,Captain Ka Bel, dahil nakaukit
ka na sa aming puso’t diwa. Sa bawat hakbang naming
pasulong patungong tagumpay, tiyak na kasama ka namin.
Mabuhay ka, mahal na Kasamang Bel!

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