Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 07:31:20 +0000
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) blamed the death of the 22-year-old daughter of Rep. Eufemia Cullamat to Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison, as it offered its deep condolences to the family of the Bayan Muna partylist solon.
AFP spokesman Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo explained the pain that the family and relatives of Rep. Cullamat is no different from the families of soldiers who lost their kin in the five-decade long armed conflict between government forces and the communist rebels.
“The AFP deeply condoles with Congresswoman Eufemia Cullamat and her family for the demise of her youngest daughter Jevilyn Cullamat,” said Arevalo in a statement.
The 22-year-old Cullamat, the youngest child of the Bayan Muna representative, was killed in an encounter between communist rebels and Army troopers at around 4 p.m. on Saturday in Barangay San Isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. She reportedly serves as medical officer of the New People’s Army operating in the province.
Seized during the operation were five high-powered firearms, explosives, and other documents and paraphernalia.
“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 five decades of fighting,” said Arevalo.
The indigenous peoples in CARAGA region and other areas are pinned on the armed conflict between the government and the NPA for several years now