July 7, 2015
KARAPATAN-SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION
CONTACT PERSON: HANIMAY SUAZO
DAVAO CITY- The sole survivor of the Paquibato Massacre last June 14 continued to assert the civilian status of her slain neighbors and of her daughter, during the third session of the hearing by the city council regarding the incident.
“Nanay Cita”, mother of Aida Seisa, who survived the shooting spree by the elements of the 69th IB, said that she will persist to file charges against the military.
“Musampa jud mi ug kaso Sir, kay sibilyang dako jud ning ako mga silingan. Kaning akong anak, mao ra pud ni ang mutabang sa mga gipang-abuso sa military, dili na siya NPA” (“We will certainly file a case (against the military), because my neighbors were really civilians. My daughter, she’s the one who helps those who have been abused by the military, she is not an NPA”), said Cita to Coun. Bello.
Coun. Bello brought up the issue of how civilians in conflict areas are perceived, particularly those bearing progressive ideas or having sympathies with armed groups.
“Kung ako magpakape sa NPA, NPA na diay dayon ko?,” Bello asked during the hearing.
Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of Karapatan-SMR, said that they are determined to attain justice for the victims of the Paquibato Massacre.
“We are prepared for the long battle ahead. We expect the military to play dirty like they always do. But we will not stop until the 69th IB is made accountable to its crimes.”