Investigate Possible Desecration of Medic’s Body at the Hands of Soldiers

Target: Delfin Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defense, Philippines

Goal: Demand investigation into possible desecration of medical worker’s body.

Philippine soldiers have been accused of desecrating the body of Jevilyn Campos Cullamat, a 22-year old medic and daughter of a prominent political family. Military officials claimed that Cullamat was killed in a shootout with members of the New People’s Army (NPA), a guerrilla resistance group active in the Philippine countryside. After reportedly killing several militants, soldiers photographed evidence of armed activity before seemingly posing for photos with the bodies, including that of Cullamat, in what critics have described as a war crime. Despite acting as a medic, rather than a combatant, Cullamat’s body was also allegedly posed cradling an assault rifle in an apparently staged photo.

The photos were widely shared on websites and social media accounts which support President Rodrigo Duterte, whose administration has pursued an ongoing military campaign against the NPA and other dissidents. Sign the petition below to demand that the possibility of disrespect for Cullamat’s remains be investigated without delay.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Lorenzana,

While the circumstances of Jevilyn Campos Cullamat’s death are still unclear, allegations that her remains were disrespected and used for propaganda purposes cannot be ignored. Critics of the decision to release photos of her body have pointed out that she was a medic, not a fighter, and that any disrespect shown to the dead is a disgraceful act on the part of Philippine troops.

According to Cullamat’s mother, “She is not a thing, she is not a trophy to be paraded for military propaganda. You did not respect the dead, you are also disrespecting our family’s grief.” I demand that you investigate any possible wrongdoing and apologize to this young woman’s family.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Department of Defense (Philippines)


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