From Sunstar Baguio we learn that Corazon Cortel-Balweg, widow of former rebel priest Conrado Balweg died of a heart attack last Monday. She is survived by five children the youngest of whom is still in elementary school. Our condolences to her family.
Corazon Cortel-Balweg, a New People’s Army (NPA) active amazon in the 1980s and widow of rebel priest Conrado Balweg, died Monday afternoon of cardiac arrest at Camp Upi in Gamu, Isabela.
Corazon, 48, and her group were on their way to the Philippine Army’s (PA) 5th Infantry Division camp to follow up and monitor livelihood programs for members of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) when she felt heart pains then collapsed.
Mrs. Balweg is the CPLA’s chief of staff, a position she held since the assassination of the rebel priest in his hometown in Malibcong, Abra on December 31, 1999.
Former Bucloc, Abra mayor Mailed Molina, the incumbent CPLA chairman, confirmed the death of Mrs. Balweg after receiving a call from Major General Melchor Dilodilo, commander of the 5th ID in Gamu.
Colonel James Jacob of Camp Upi in a text message said Mrs. Balweg died at 5:30 p.m. Monday.