Bayan Muna solon on daughter’s death: Makatwiran ang kaniyang ipinaglalaban pero ibang porma ang kanyang pinili

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“Di ako nagtataka kung sumapi sa NPA ang aking anak dahil sa patuloy na nararanasan naming mga katutubo sa mga pagmamalupit at pang-aabuso ng AFP at ng kanilang mga paramilitary groups. Naranasan mismo ito ng aming pamilya,” Bayan Muna Representative Eufenia Cullamat said, as quoted by GMA News Online, after the military reported that Jevilyn Campos Cullamat, the solon’s youngest daughter, was killed in an encounter with Philippine Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn) on November 28 at Brgy. San Isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur.

“Si Jevilyn ay nasa wastong gulang na at kaya niyang magdesisyon para sa kaniyang sarili. Naniniwala ako na makatwiran ang kaniyang ipinaglalaban pero ibang porma ang kanyang pinili para mapigilan ang pambubusabos sa aming mga lumad at katutubo at para magkaroon din ng makaturangang lipunan,” Bayan Muna Representative Cullamat added.

“Walang kapantay ang aking dalamhati sa pagpatay ng militar sa aking anak na si Jevilyn. Dumagdag ang dugo ng aking anak sa libong kalumaran na nagpatak ng dugo sa lupa para sa kalayaan at laban sa historikong pang-aapi sa aming hanay,” she said. “Alam ko na gagamitin ng militar ang kanilang pagpatay sa aking anak para lalo pang  maglubid ng kasinungalingan sa Bayan Muna at Makabayan bloc pero naninindigan kami sa katotohanan at di malulutas ng kanilang mga boladas at kasinungalingan ang ugat ng mga problema ng bansa.”

The Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Jevilyn, serving as medic, died after her group, Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) Platoon of Guerilla Front 19, Northeastern Regional Committee (NEMRC), engaged in 45-minute clash against the 3SFBn.

“We send our sincerest condolences to the Cullamat family. We are saddened because we know that she and her family were just victims to the CNTs’ destructive and pointless ideology. While there are issues concerning the IPs, violent, armed, and terrorist struggle will never be the right solution to it,” Philippine Army 401st Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Allan D. Hambala said.

“We also call on the nation to support the National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), to peacefully address the root causes of NPA terrorism and eventually end conflict here in Northern Mindanao,” Brigadier General Hambala added.