Paduano laments ‘pointless war’ after colleague’s daughter gets killed

Published November 29, 2020, 9:15 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Minority Leader Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano described the death of Bayan Muna Party-List Rep. Eufemia Cullamat’s daughter during a military operation over the weekend as a fruit of a “pointless war” among Filipinos.

Youngest daughter of Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat killed in an armed encounter between the military and suspected NPA rebels in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, the Philippine Army confirms.
(Photo courtesy of 3rd special forces battalion via Martin Sadongdong / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Itong walang katuturan na giyera sa loob ng limang dekada ay sumira na ng maraming buhay, lalo na ng mga kabataan (This pointless war that has raged for five decades has destroyed many lives, especially among the youth),” Paduano said in a statement Sunday night.

“As we grieve for our fallen soldiers in the battlefield, we symphatize with the lumads, farm workers and others who have been victims of the decades-long battle,” the ABANG LINGKOD Party-List representative added, referring to the longstanding insurgency problem.

All three Bayan Muna congressmen belong to the Minority Bloc in the House of Representatives.

Military reports claimed that Jevilyn Campos Cullamat, or “Ka Reb,” who allegedly served as a medic for the NPA, was killed in an encounter with the Philippine Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn) last November 28.

Paduano further called Jevilyn’s death “a testimony to the unending but meaningless war among Filipinos.”

The Minority Leader said he’s been calling for an end to “the ruthless and futile war in our country, especially in the countryside, that victimizes the small farmers and farm workers; the innocent Lumads (indigenous people) whose only dream is to live peacefully.”

“Nawa’y magsilbing aral ito sa ating lahat, na ang pagtahak sa landas ng dahas ay hindi magdadala sa atin ng minimithing kapayapaan (May this be a lesson to us, that choosing the path of violence will never give us the peace that we yearn for),” he stressed.