Seven months after the La Castellana massacre, survivors and families of the victims are still trying to cope with the deaths of their loved ones, 1Lt. Gizelle Lim of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said yesterday.
A Multi-Sectoral Advisory Group, composed of peace advocates, social workers and 303rd Infantry Brigade, extended psycho-social services to them, and the closure ceremony was held Oct. 5 at the Our Lady of Salvation Parish Church in Brgy. Cabacungan, La Castellana.
The incident in Brgy. Puso, La Castellana on Jan. 27 claimed the lives of eight civilians and a policemen, and caused injuries to eight civilians and two policemen.
Lim said the survivors and families of the victims thanked MSAG, Social Action Center of Kabankalan Diocese, Paghili-usa sa Paghidaet-Negros, local government units, non-government agencies and individuals helped them during those trying and lowest times of their lives.
The closing ritual called “Let Go and Let God”, urged survivors and families of the victims to let go of the pain, angst, bitterness, anger and the desire for revenge, she added.
The NPA Leonardo Panaligan Command, had claimed responsibility for the incident, but only apologized for the deaths of civilians.* GPB