Death and Life: Jimmy Liguyon’s grandson ‘Justice Jimmy’ is born in the midst of protests over his death

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/24 March) In the middle of their family’s encampment at the Capitol Grounds to call for justice for Dao, San Fernando chair Jimmy Liguyon, Jasmine, a daughter of the slain village official gave birth to a baby boy who they named “Justice Jimmy.”

She gave birth to the boy inside a makeshift tent early morning on March 21. There was no medical aid at hand. A trained hilot was the only birth attendant present in the ‘kampuhan’ at the Capitol Grounds. Yet, the boy was born with no complications.

Jasmin, 14, said she had mixed feelings about the birth; happy that the child is born and sad that he arrived in the midst of chaos and discomfort. To add to the burden, Jasmin cannot avail of any benefits from the indigency health component of PhilHealth. She married through tribal practices at the age of 13. A marriage certificate, issued only to legal age spouses, is one of the requirements for enrollment to the health insurance.

Leah Tumbalang,  chair of Kasilo (Kaugalingong Sistema Igpasasindog to Lumadnong Ogpaan) a trained hilot who assisted Jasmin said they tried to request help from a member of the Civil Security Unit to bring her to the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC). But it did not come.

They were forced to use traditional method of facilitating delivery to save the life of the child, who was already believed to be digesting his own waste.

Aside from the childbirth, Tumbalang noted that the Liguyon kin, especially the children, have suffered diarrhea.

The Liguyons have moved from Dao to the Capitol Grounds to flee danger after their patriarch was killed in his house early evening on March 5. His son Randy, who was reported to have witnessed the crime, said, the group of assailants was led by Aldy “Butchoy” Salusad, son of former rebel Benjamin Salusad.

The family sought refuge in the provincial capital seeking the help of provincial officials for their safety after they have reported receiving threats allegedly from the younger Salusad, identified as a leader of an armed group in town.

Randy told the dialogue organized by Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. on March 21 that he allegedly heard Salusad shout after Liguyon was killed that it was done because the barangay chair refused to cooperate with Sanmatrida (San Fernando Matigsalug Tribal Datus Multipurpose Cooperative).

Liguyon’s family admitted that Jimmy did not sign a form of consent for the group’s ancestral domain title application. Sanmatrida has initiated application for CADT for over 52,000 hectares in 12 barangays in San Fernando, including Dao. A Sanmantrida representative denied they were behind the killing.

The dialogue ended with Zubiri reiterating a Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution ordering the military and the police to secure and restore peace and order in the town and to arrest Liguyon’s killers.

But Datu Inbanwag Jomorito Goaynon said they were dismayed over the dialogue.

He said they hoped the provincial government will act and cause the arrest of the suspect so they can go back home. (Sean Sulugan/Bukidnon News)