Daughter of party-list rep killed in clash between soldiers, NPA

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    A DAUGHTER of a leftist party-list representative died in a clash between soldiers and the communist New People’s Army in Surigao del Sur on Saturday, the military reported yesterday.

    Slain was Jevilyn Cullamat alias Ka Reb, 22, a daughter of Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat, said the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion said.

    1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punzalan, 3rd SFB civil military operations officer, said Cullamat had been a member of the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, for two years and served as “medic” under the NPA’s Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda Platoon, of the Guerilla Front 19, Northeastern Regional Committee.

    The Army said Cullamat’s family was notified before it released information about the encounter.

    Punzalan said troops were on security operation when they clashed with a group of rebels in Barangay San Isidro, Marihatag town, at 4 p.m. Saturday. The rebels withdrew after a 45-minute exchange of gunfire, he said.

    During clearing operation, soldiers recovered Cullamat’s body along with three AK-47 rifles, an M14 rifle, an M653 5.56 caliber rifle, four improvised explosive devices, bomb components, magazines, backpacks with personal belongings, cellphones, food supplies, and documents.

    Punzalan said Cullamat was a student of schools linked to the NPA — Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development or ALCADEV and the Tribal Filipino Program of Lianga, Surigao del Sur or TRIFPSS.

    Brig. Gen. Allan Hambala, commander of the Army’s 401st Brigade, expressed his condolences to the Cullamat family.

    “We send our sincerest condolences to the Cullamat family. We are saddened because we know that she and her family were just victims to the CNTs’ (CPP-NPA terrorists’) destructive and pointless ideology. While there are issues concerning the IPs (indigenous peoples), violent, armed, and terrorist struggle will never be the right solution to it,” said Hambala.

    The military said the NPAs have launched attacks in the area in the past weeks and conducted recruitment operations.