Author and founding Chair of PATH (Peace Advocates for Truth, Healing and Justice), Robert Francis “Bobby” Garcia, launches his award-winning book, To Suffer Thy Comrades: How the Revolution Decimated Its Own (Revised Edition, 2017) last October 23 at the UP CIDS Lobby, Bahay ng Alumni, at the University of the Philippines Diliman. The event, entitled “To Suffer Thy Comrades: A Conversation and Book Launch,” is a peace forum and will serve as the official launch of Garcia’s book.
The forum featured a testimony from purge victim, Jesse Marlowe “Weng” Libre; a talk on the military’s view on armed conflict by former AFP Chief of Staff and Current Head of the Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice and Peace, Emmanuel Bautista; and a talk on human rights by Lan Mercado; afterwards, an open forum and discussion will be held.
To Suffer Thy Comrades: How the Revolution Decimated Its Own, winner of the 2001 National Book Award, is a brutally honest, meticulously researched, and brilliantly written account of one of the CPP-NPA internal anti-infiltration operations—the infamous Oplan Missing Link—written by Bobby Garcia, a former cadre himself who, like his comrades and other purge victims and survivors, seeks healing and justice while striving to move on from the tragedy.
The revised edition includes a new introduction that details more purge cases, including those involving the remains exhumed by PATH; and an epilogue that gives answers to questions of book reviewer, Caroline Hau. The new edition also includes photos and a new, glossier cover.
Garcia currently works for a communications project under the European Union (EU) Delegation in the Philippines. He recently served as Undersecretary at the Office of the Political Adviser under the Office of the President during Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino’s term.
Garcia is the founding Chair and currently serves as the Secretary General of Peace Advocates for Truth, Healing, and Justice (PATH). Through PATH he pursues his lifelong advocate for peace and human rights accountability among State and non-State actors.
The event, and the book, is made possible by the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, Institute for Popular Democracy, and Popular Education for People’s Empowerment.
To Suffer Thy Comrades is available for P450 at National Book Store and Powerbooks Store branches, and online at www.anvilpublishing.com