Lawmaker's daughter killed in Surigao del Sur clash

In a statement on Sunday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said 22-year-old Jevilyn Campos Cullamat, alias

11/30/2020 12:33:00 AM

AFP condoles with Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat for the death of her daughter, 22-year-old Jevilyn Cullamat, who was killed in a clash between government troops and NPA forces on Saturday.

In a statement on Sunday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said 22-year-old Jevilyn Campos Cullamat, alias

she said.[Translation: I love my child who loved the country. I am proud of her. She is a hero to the Lumads and the country. As a mother, my heart is shattered today from the news of Jevilyn's death from an incident in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. I deeply grieve over the death of my youngest child.]

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She also called out how her daughter's remains were displayed like a trophy by the military."Hindi siya bagay. Hindi siya isang tropeo na ipaparada para lamang sa propaganda ng militar. Hindi niyo na ginalang ang patay, binabastos pa ninyo ang nagluluksa naming pamilya."

[Translation: She is not an object. She is not a trophy that can be displayed for the military's propaganda. You did not only disrespect the dead, you are also insulting our grieving family.]She said her daughter's decision to join the armed movement was not easy, but brought about by the rampant abuse and poverty experienced by Lumads. Despite the pain of her loss, Rep. Cullamat said she respected the choice her daughter made.

"Walang pag-alinlangan kong sasabihin ito: ipinagmamalaki ko siJevilyndahil lumaban siya sa isang sistemang mapang-api lalo na sa aming mgaLumad.Walang nanay na magtatakwil sa anak na nagsantabi ng pansariling interes at nag-alay ng kanyang buhay para sa bayan at para sa pagdepensa sa aming lupang ninuno."

[Translation: I say this without hesitation: I am proud of Jevilyn because she fought against an abusive system, especially to us Lumads. No mother would disown a child who set aside her own interests and sacrificed her life for the country and to defend our ancestral land.]

In its statement, the AFP said the killing of Lianga Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative Datu Jumar S. Bucales in October allegedly by the NPA angered tribal communities in the province."We will never stop the fight against these NPA terrorists until none of them roams in our ancestral lands. They have destroyed our culture and tradition and caused divisiveness and corrupted our tribe," said Alexander Bucales, brother of the slain Datu Bucales, and the newly-installed and clan-elected IPMR of Lianga.

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AFP: We grieve deeply with the Bayan Muna Representative and her family as we would for many Filipino families — including soldiers’ — who have lost a father, a mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, or kin who died in this more than 5 decades of fighting.