Father Jose Dizon, a staunch friend of the poor and foe of the corrupt, died on Tuesday of complications from diabetes. He was 65.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Dizon had been confined at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon, City since October 29.
His remains will lie at the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City until Thursday. Dizon’s wake will be held at the Bishop’s House grounds in Imus, Cavite.
Dizon led the Workers’ Assistance Center in Cavite and convened Kontra Daya Movement. His last rally was at the September 21 anti-pork protest in Luneta and in Mendiola.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr. paid tribute to Dizon for his tireless work for national and social liberation.
”Fr. Joe Dizon dedicated 40 years to the church of the poor. He led the Workers Assistance Center and convened Kontra Daya, Abolish Pork movement,” Reyes said in his Twitter account.
Father Edwin Corros, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, condoled with Dizon’s family.
”It’s a great loss to the advocacy of the Church that Fr. Dizon had untiringly worked for since the martial law years to present. I, on behalf of ECMI, express my sincerest sympathy to his family and Imus Diocesan clergy on his untimely demise and pray for his eternal repose,” Coross said.