A new lawmaker representing the Bayan Muna party-list group took her oath of office as a member of the House of Representatives on Monday, June 3.
Bae Eufemia Cullamat, the third nominee of Bayan Muna in the 2019 elections, was sworn in by outgoing Surigao City Vice-Mayor Alfonso Casurra.
Hailing from Lianga, Surigao del Sur, Cullamat, 57, is an important figure in the Manobo indigenous people’s struggle against military harassment and the displacement of residents as a result of attacks, threats and harassment by government forces.
Cullamat is the brother of Dionel Campos, the chair of Manobo group Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alansa sa Sumusunod or Mapasu, who was killed by members of the paramilitary group Magahat-Bagani on Sept. 1, 2015.
According to the Bayan Muna, Cullamat would be “ indigenous peoples’ voice in Congress” that would uphold its welfare amid continued lumad killings and militarization of lumad schools and communities. By CLC