A BOOK on the life of Abra rebel leader Arnold “AJ” Jaramillo will be launched.
Jaramillio was one of nine people slain by Army soldiers in Guinguinabang, Lacub, Abra, on September 4, 2014.
"He spent most of his time organizing the youth, students, and other sectors here in Baguio and Benguet to work for meaningful changes before joining the New People’s Army (NPA) in the year 2000 to struggle for a just and free society," wife Germelina Cynthia Dacanay-Jaramillo said.
On October 6, family and friends will celebrate his life and continue to seek for justice for his death.
The celebration will open with an exhibit on the life and works of AJ at the UP Baguio campus and on October 10 a launching of the book, "More Than a Red Warrior: Arnold Borja Jaramillo, The Beloved Son of Abra," will be done at the same venue.
Guest speakers at the launching are Prof. Judy Taguiwalo, Ph.D. of the College of Social Work and Development, UP Diliman, and Bonifacio Ilagan, award-winning writer and filmmaker.
Arnold Alamon, writer and Professor at then Mindanao State University (MSU) and Iligan Institute of Technology (IIT) writes, " There is an honesty in this volume that traces the story of the man who was also a doting father to a daughter and a son, a loving husband to a wife, and a sensitive son and brother to his own parents and siblings until he eventually became a top NPA commander in the mountains of the Cordillera for 14 years."
The family of Jaramillo will celebrate his 49th birth anniversary with the exhibit and book launch.
"What happened in Lacub last year prompted us, his family, friends, and former colleagues, to mount a campaign for justice – Justice for Lacub and justice for the martyrs of that fateful day – to hold the Philippine government and its security forces accountable in the face of violations on International Humanitarian Laws and the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL),” the family stressed.