AFP DRAWS FLAK OVER ‘WAR TROPHY PHOTO OF SOLON’S SLAIN DAUGHTER
Youth activist group Anakbayan on Monday accused the military of war crime following the death of Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Eufemia Cullamat’s daughter in a clash between soldiers and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Surigao del Sur.
The younger Cullamat was slain in a firefight in Barangay San Isidro in Marihatag town on Saturday afternoon. Troops recovered at the scene war materiel, including five firearms and four improvised explosives.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines drew flak after a picture Cullamat’s remains, posed as though she were still carrying a rifle, and with soldiers displaying her corpse alongside firearms, made rounds online.
Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana and AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgar Arevalo initially said this is normal and soldiers did this after clashes with Abu Sayyaf, Moro National Liberation Front and Moro Islamic Liberation Front members in the past.
“We will study how we can protect the dignity and privacy of the families… They have families also and I have directed the AFP to look into how we can treat better those who died in encounters,” Lorenzana said.