PLM Statement on the death of Arvin “Tado” Jimenez PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Monday, 10 February 2014 12:47

We mourn the untimely loss of an artist, comrade, and friend who had been one of

standard-bearers of our party during the local elections in May last year.


Tado rose to national prominence as a film and TV comedian whose brand of

entertainment was both witty and socially relevant. Beyond his comedic countenance,

Tado had also lived a full and committed life in service to the masses.


We have known him since his early teens, when he stayed at our activists’ office as a

member of Panday Pira, a cultural group, which had been helping us in painting protest

murals in rallies and street actions.


Even after he became a showbiz icon, Tado continued his social advocacies and support

to the poor people in Marikina and nationwide. He was a perennial presence during protest

activities, the most recent were protests against political dynasties, trapo (traditional politicians)

rule, the pork-barrel, environment and mining issues, and others. In fact, his death from a

bus crash in Mountain Province was in pursuit of a “40 Mountains Project”, a project where

he intended to cross 40 mountains to celebrate his coming 40th birthday. This was

intended to celebrate the beauty of Philippine mountains and forests endangered by

rapacious mining and logging activities by big corporations.


In the May elections last year, Tado ran as a councillor in Marikina, under the banner of

Partido Lakas ng Masa. After failing to gain a seat in the city council, Tado declared that

he did not lose the elections, but gained tens of thousands of supporters instead. Tado

and the PLM knew that it was a herculean task to compete with the local trapos and the

entrenched political dynasties in Marikina, but Tado had decided long ago to continue

struggling against the electoral system, if only to reach out to a growing number of people.


Tado was also an indefatigable and jovial spirit during trying times. Together with PLM

and other groups, Tado initiated the first people’s caravan that distributed relief materials

in the devastated areas of Samar and Leyte a week after the Yolanda disaster. His

disposition during the six-days’ caravan energized the entire team and helped ease the

load of many survivors during the relief operations.


PLM extends its deepest condolences to his wife and four children, the rest of the family,

and all friends and supporters of Tado. Pambihira ka, Tado, we salute you!


Partido Lakas ng Masa

February 10, 2013


Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 12:56



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