The Communist Party of the Philippines gave the highest tribute to Ericson Acosta, an award-winning playwright and poet during a memorial meeting held on 7 December 2022 in the University of the Philippines in Quezon City. Ericson served as a resource person of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in drafting the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms during peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

The CPP said, “The entire leadership and membership of the Party give the highest tribute to Ka Ericson Acosta, communist cadre, Red fighter, teacher, student, playwright and poet. We pay tribute to Ka Ericson’s selfless service to the cause of the oppressed and exploited masses. Over the past decades, he performed his duties well and with full dedication. We raise the red banners of the Party and the New People’s Army as we pay homage to Ka Ericson and to all the heroes of the Filipino people.” 

For many years, Ka Ericson played an important role in education and cultural work. He went around different places in the country to do research, study the situation of the masses, expose the roots of poverty of the peasants and workers, study and promote Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and rouse the people to get organized and to defend their rights and struggle for national freedom,” the CPP added.

Acosta was doing research on the situation of farmers in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, when he was abducted by soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines 94th and 47th Infantry Battalion, alongside local peasant leader Joseph Jimenez. The two were unarmed and summarily killed by the AFP soldiers.

The CPP condemned “in the strongest terms the AFP for the abduction and willful killing of Acosta and Jimenez while in custody... in brazen contempt of international humanitarian law and all imaginable laws of civilized society. It was an act of pure fascist evil meant to punish them for waging a struggle for land, and to intimidate the peasants, especially in Negros...” 

The CPP concluded, “Without a doubt, Ericson Acosta is an Andres Bonifacio of our times. His life of sacrifice and service inspired many artists and ordinary people to take up the cause of national democracy. The manner of his death incites greater hatred for the fascist military and its campaign of terror. Ericson’s martyrdom will surely serve to strengthen the resolve of more and more people to take the path of revolutionary resistance.”