The Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, VP Inday Sara Duterte released an offical statement lecturing former Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat over the latter’s remarks on the tribal dress the the VP wore during the recent State of the Nation Address.
According to VP Sara Duterte she wore the traditional Bogobo Tagabanwa dress in honor of the tribes in Davao City as he also challenged Cullamat to apologize to fellow IP groups all over the country who have been uprising against the NPA’s chronic exploitation of their children, arming them as new recruits.
VP Inday Sara in lecturing Cullamat also aimed “to raise awareness of the victimization of the IPs by the NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.”
The veteran Mayor of Davao City noted that IPs have “always been the favorite darling of the NPA for their recruitment and attacks-which happen every time.
The Vice President also reminded Cullamat that she is the mother of an NPA fighter who died for their senseless cause against the government.
The statement of VP Sara Duterte came out on social media after the Sandugo spokesperson and former Bayan Muna Representative Cullamat said that individuals wearing the traditional dress of IPs should also fight for their rights.
Read the Complete Statement of VP Sara:
I wore that traditional Bagobo Tagabawa dress to the State of the Nation Address of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr in honor of one of the tribes that form the 11 groups of people of Davao City, apart from the Christians.
But I also wore it in solidarity with the lumads of Mindanao and the many other Indigenous Peoples groups all over the country who have been uprising against the terrorist New People’s Army’s chronic exploitation of their children, arming them as new recruits — nevermind if they are still minors and unable to understand the madness of the terrorism espoused by the NPAs.
I wore the traditional Bagobo Tagabawa dress to raise awareness of the victimization of the IPs by the NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
It was lobbying in the open public the welfare of IPs who have always been the favorite darling of the NPA for their recruitment and attacks — which happen every time they register their resistance.
It was to hold a space for another narrative unknown to many Filipinos and to bridge public awareness of what is horribly happening to the IPs in remote places — deceptions, recruitments, and killings are carried out without mercy by the NPAs and their supporters.
This brings me to Eufemia Cullamat, the mother of an NPA fighter who died in Mindanao in 2020.
As an IP herself, Cullamat should apologize to her fellow IPs for allowing a terrorist group like the NPA to strip them of their dignity as a people and dragging them into a war that serves them nothing as IPs.
And as a mother of a dead NPA fighter, she should apologize to her daughter for sending her to her untimely gruesome demise.
Before I stepped down as mayor, Davao City was declared insurgency-free. IPs in Paquibato District and other hinterlands of Davao are now living a life free from NPAs. They are now safe from the likes of Cullamat.
And I will continue to borrow and wear traditional dresses from IPs and other groups I want to honor and stand in solidarity with against terrorist organizations like the NPA and people like Cullamat.
And I will not waver. In fact, you will see me even more relentless because I have a responsibility to the Filipino people, especially to the Filipino children.
And I promise not to stop so that parents like Cullamat do not bury the bullet-ridden bodies of their children — killed in a war perpetuated by a senseless and idiotic ideology.
Sara Z. Duterte
Vice President of the Philippines
Secretary of the Department of Education
Source: VP Inday Sara Duterte FB Page