Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mayor assails anew NPA as blast victim laid to rest

From the Mindanao Times (May 12): Mayor assails anew NPA as blast victim laid to rest

BLAST victim Larry Buenafe was laid to rest in a private ceremony at Forest Lake in Panacan yesterday. Mayor Sara Duterte, who condoled with the family of Buenafe, lambasted the rebel group anew yesterday.

“You cannot stop me from saying, ‘May you rest in peace, Larry,’” Duterte said in her Instagram post.

The communist group has assailed Duterte for using Larry’s death for propaganda, and even branded the mayor as “hypocrite.”

“When a civilian dies because of an IED blast, he is never a victim. We cannot demand justice,” Mayor Duterte said.
“Propaganda lang yan sabi ninyo (It’s all propaganda you said) and we are not allowed to grieve,” she added. “Ana man mo mag maghunahuna gud, tanan para propaGANDA lang (It’s what you are always thinking, all for propaganda).”

But Duterte said she is adamant in caring for Buenafe and his family because she is the mayor of the city.

Larry, a fish vendor, was a collateral damage in the attack staged by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the plastic and box plants of the Lapanday Food Corps. in Barangay Mandug around 2 p.m of April 29. On his way to deliver his goods, Larry was trailing a responding army armored vehicle when an improvised explosive devise went off at Mandug Road in Barangay Tigatto.

He died five days later but not without a word war between the mayor and a left-leaning organization.

The Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid (PKM) claimed Duterte’s concern was self-service since her husband was the lawyer of the Lorenzo-owned Lapanday.
The mayor retaliated by calling the communist groups “bumbling idiots” and “selfish individuals.”

On May 3, the National Democratic Front (NDF) apologized for wounding Buenafe and offered to indemnify the victim who was then fighting for his life at the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC).
“Ang anak ni Larry gusto mag-doctor, kamo pud muasikaso ani? Duna ba kaha mo scholarship sa inyong made up nga gobyerno? Wala pud, I’m sure (Larry’s kid wants to become a doctor, will you facilitate this? Does your made-up government have scholarship? None, I’m sure),” Duterte said in her post with the hashtag projectlarry.

Duterte reiterated that the NPA should be held responsible for his death.
The mayor also added that the City Hall has always been asked to pay the funeral bill of fallen rebels whom the guerillas were leaving behind during fights.

“Atimana ninyo, wag kayo magmaganda (Take care of them, don’t pretend to be good),” she said.

The NPA staged simultaneous attacks on April 29, a Saturday, against the Lapanday in three barangays in the city. They burned the plastic and box plants in Mandug, a plastic box in Bunawan and a ranch in Pangyan.

According to Lapanday, around 1,000 workers were displaced by the NPA attacks.

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