MANILA - Activist priest Fr. Joe Dizon passed away late Monday evening. He was 65.
Leaders of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and party-list group Bayan Muna said Dizon died at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute at 11:15 p.m. Monday due to complications from diabetes.
"We received sad news that Fr. Joe Dizon has passed on. We pay the highest tribute to a dedicated fighter for justice and freedom," said Renato Reyes, secretary-general of the leftist group, Bayan.
Reyes added that Dizon "dedicated 40 years of his life to the church of the poor."
Dizon founded and was executive director of the Workers' Assistance Center (WAC) in Cavite.
Dizon was active in the anti-Marcos movement as well as in the protests against the Estrada and Arroyo governments.
He was also active in the anti-electoral fraud group, Kontra Daya, and in the abolish pork campaign under the current Aquino administration.
"For the longest time, Fr. Joe was the de facto chaplain of the Parliament of the Streets and it is an office and title he performed courageously and bravely," writes activist-blogger Tonyo Cruz.
Reyes said details of Dizon's wake will be announced later. -- report from Noel Alamar, DZMM