Fearing “serious” threats to her life and security, Representative Eufemia Cullamat of the Bayan Muna party-list was forced to skip the burial of her daughter who was recently killed in an encounter with the military.
The Congresswoman said her family decided not to let her go home to attend her daughter Jevilyn’s burial.
Cullamat shared, “Even if I am a member of Congress, there is no assurance that I could safely attend my daughter’s burial due to these threats,” adding that she is pained and saddened that she could not see her daughter for the last time.
Jevilyn, who was just 22 when she was killed by government troops in an encounter with the New People’s Army, was buried last week at a public cemetery in Surigao del Sur.
The military itself identified Jevilyn as a medic for the communist rebel group. International humanitarian law prohibits attacks on medical personnel and also does not allow them to engage in hostilities.