Like perhaps many in the women’s movement, I first knew of Lito through Carol. It was only in the Department of Agrarian Reform that I really got to know Lito.

Pancho Lara couldn’t be more right about the bond that the three of us formed during our time in DAR. Lito became one of my touchstones. I would turn to him when in doubt and knew that I could rely on him because of the constancy of his beliefs. He had—I came to know—the ability to separate what’s real from what’s not. His was a reassuring presence in the oftentimes
confusing world of politics and posturing.

I would also like to add a few words about Lito’s devotion to his kids. The work at DAR took a toll on Lito at a much more personal level. It broke his heart when he could not be there for his daughters, and on several occasions, he and I would spend time, as the evenings turned late, discussing the tradeoffs that the job forced him to make in his personal commitments. I appreciated those talks, in part, because it gave me deeper insights into the kinds of commitments that Lito had made, and the values that structured his life. These were good commitments, and strong values, and I deeply respected him for both.

I will miss him dearly.