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The youngest daughter of Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Eufemia Cullamat died Saturday (November 28) in an encounter between the military and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Surigao Del Sur.

In a statement, the Philippine Army said Jevilyn Campos Cullamat served as the rebels’ medic. Her death, the military added, “may shed light on the NPA Terrorists’ exploitation and recruitment of IP (indigenous peoples) communities as this issue is currently tackled in the Senate hearing on red-tagging.”

Cullamat, a leader of the Lumad community, mourned her daughter’s death as she confirmed the 22-year-old was an NPA member.

“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,” she said in a statement.

The militant lawmaker said she respected her daughter’s decision to join the NPA because she’s already of age to decide on her own.

“Walang pag-alinlangan kong sasabihin ito: ipinagmamalaki ko si Jevilyn dahil lumaban siya sa isang sistemang mapang-api lalo na sa aming mga Lumad. 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,” she said.

Cullamat slammed the military’s move to share photos of soldiers posing with her daughter’s dead body following the encounter with NPA rebels.

“Mariin kong kinokondena ang ginawang pambabastos at pambababoy sa labi ng aking anak. 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,” she said.

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