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Janess Ann J. Ellao, for Bulatlat, reports on the previous killing of urban poor activist Marilou Valle:
“I am very angry. It hurts so much. It is hard to lose a mother like her. I never expected that we would lose her this way,” Bacani [daughter of Marilou] told Bulatlat.com.
The fact finding and solidarity mission organized by urban poor group Kadamay last August 22 was Bacani’s first time to go back to their house, where her mother was also killed. She could never imagine how their lives would ever be normal again. If not for the help of people, some she hardly knew, she doubted how their family could ever get by.
Valle was killed allegedly by their neighbors Benjamin and Raffy Tejas. She reportedly had bad blood against the two and some of their family members when Valle and husband Jeorge de Jesus did not support them in the last barangay elections. The Tejas family was also hired by a private company in charge of the garbage dumping in the community to drive the residents away, which, Valle and de Jesus openly criticized.
[T]he Tejas brothers, according to a source, “may also be behind the killing of Noel Cabrera, vice president of the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology in Sta. Mesa in May as the brothers and EARIST president Eduardo Caillo – who police are also eyeing as a suspect – belong to the same province.”