Oscar passed away last April 17. He had been hospitalized
earlier that week with serious heart problems that
aggravated a severe respiratory condition.
For 21 years he worked at the IUF General Secretariat’s
printing shop in Geneva: a labyrinth of paper, machines and
documents that Oscar knew like no one else.
Born in the Philippines, Oscar could speak a few words in
Spanish, and one of them was the term we use to call our
fellow unionists and friends: COMPAÑERO.
We are all going to miss his constant smile, his warm
greetings every time we met.
With his passing the labor movement loses a dear friend
known for his solidarity, an excellent person, but, above
all, a great union activist.
you’ll still be there, Oscar,
hiding secretly in that room,
in your nest of papers.
From Latin America,
we wish to send his wife, Nora,
and the rest of his family
our most heartfelt solidarity
We salute you, COMPAÑERO!