I picked up the Inquirer last Sunday, November 25, and the front page carried an article on Benjaline ‘Beng’ Hernandez and how her mother Evangeline is carrying out the fight for justice for her slain daughter and for all victims of extra-judicial killings in the Philippines.

Beng died four years ago at the age of 22 in Arakan Valley on April 5, 2002 in the hands of paramilitary troops while she was on an investigation on the plight of indigenous peoples.

Her 27th birthday came last November 21. Friends, colleagues, and activists came to Davao Memorial Park to pay tribute through sharing and reading of her poems.

It has been four years since she passed away, yet her memories, and her poems still linger with us.

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