Mother of Anakbayan recruit writes open letter to Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat following her daughter’s de@th

An open letter addressed to Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat to share her sentiment regarding the lawmaker’s public statement calling her dead daughter heroine of the Lumads and the nation.

The author of the open letter is none other than Relissa Santos Lucena, mother of the senior high school student who was recruited by one of the organizations belonging to the Makabayan Bloc and has since left the family home.

Moving forward, Ms. Lucena told Rep. Cullamat that she is a mother like her and nobody taught her how to become a mother because she married at such an early age. But after giving birth to AJ (daughter), everything change. The former selfish Ysay (Relissa) morphed into an unselfish mother overnight.

Ms. Relissa remarked that maternal instinct is also true among animals like dogs and cats. No one taught them how to become a mother. But when you try to touch their young, their protective instinct automatically kicks in. She wondered why Rep. Cullamat did not show such maternal instinct?

Ms. Relissa argued that mother’s instinct is not offered as a course in college or taught in any schools. She said God planted this in the mother’s heart and mind so that their children will feel it. At this point, Ms. Relissa expressed interest in understanding why Rep. Cullamat praised her daughter for joining the NPA and now one of the martyrs of the revolutionary movement.

Ms. Relissa continued that she is also keen to know that as a lawmaker if she understands the rights of our youths?

Ms. Relissa told Rep. Cullamat that she violated several provisions in our Constitution. She said she has no right to judge her as a mother of her children but what she said and according to our law, she violated the right of her child to enjoy her youth. Ms. Relissa said that they all can agree that Cullamat’s daughter and her daughter started as minors.

Ms. Relissa urged Cong. Cullamat to look at the image below because they are mothers who are doing everything within their powers to protect their children. She wondered why Cong. Cullamat can’t do the same?

Ms. Relissa clarified why she asked that question because she wants to inform Rep. Cullamat that no ideology or age will separate them as mother and child and no one can change the fact that her daughter came from her womb.

“Dear Gng. Cullamat

Nanay ka nanay ako walang direktang nagturo sa atin kung paano maging isang ina pero hindi ko alam sa maaga kong pag aasawa at nun ipinanganak ko si Aj nagbago ang lahat sa akin, Yun dating selfish na Ysay ang laging iniisip ay si AJ, yun dating hawak ko ang oras ko ay biglang 2 minute nalng kung kumain, 5 minutes kung maligo 30 min max kung umalis kc ang isip ko na kay AJ baka umiyak o di kaya’y nagugutom. Walang nagturo sa akin nun, kusang umusbong at nalinang ang aking pagka nanay.

Pingmasdan ko ang aso at ang pusa pansinin mo kapag bago silang panganak kahit amo ka di mo pwede galawin ang anak nya dahil kakagatin ka. Hindi rin tinuruan ng animal kingdom ang bawat isa sa kanila para maging isang tunay na ina. Kahit anong animal ata pinoprotektahan nila ang kanilang anak. Bakit ikaw hindi?

Ang tawag po dun Mother instinct, walang propesyon sa kolehiyo ang nagtuturo ng pagiging isang tunay na ina. Diyos ang naglagay nun sa ating puso at isip upang maipadama natin sa ating mga anak. Gusto kong maunawaan ang iyong kasagutan na pinupuri mo pa ang iyong anak na nag NPA at kasama sa naging Martyr.

Gusto kong malaman at alamin kung bilang isang mambabatas alam po ba ninyo kung ano ang karapatan ng isang kabataan?

Ang dami nyo pong nilabag sa konstitusyon. Buti nalng po bunso mo na sya dahil nakakaawa ka kung meron kapang mga menor na anak. Wala akong karapatang husgahan ka bilang nanay sa iyong mga anak pero sa sinabi mo at sa batas, nilabag mo ang karapatang pantao at karapatan ng isang bata na dapat maranasan ng isang kabataan na ayon sa kanilang edad. Alam natin parehas na nagsimula ang iyong anak nun sya ay menor de edad tulad sa anak kong si AJ.

Gng. Cullamat tingnan mo ang mga magulang nato Ang isang ina pinoprotektahan ang kanyang anak ano man ang mangyari at kung san man ito dalhin, Bakit ikaw hindi mo magawang protektahan ang iyong anak. Nun nag 18 po ba ang anak mo nag stop na din ang pagka nanay mo?

Natanong ko yan kc gusto ko pong ipaalam sayo na kami hindi papayag na ma stop dahil walang idelohiya at edad ang pwedeng maghwalay sa amin mag ina at hindi nila mababago na galing sila sa aking sinapupunan.

Thoughts?

Source: Relissa Santos Lucena

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