Shooting victim appeals for financial aid

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A man who was shot while holding a meeting about the demolition operations being conducted in a 130-hectare farmland in Barangay Maimpis here has appealed for help to cover his hospital and other medical expenses.

Jessie Dela Peña, 50, is one of the five farmers who were recklessly wounded by the security guards of the Great Star Security Services Incorporated.

The gunshot flicked Dela Peña’s left eyeball out causing a permanent damage to it while his right eye is also on the verge of losing its sight if immediate operation would not be conducted.


Last Thursday, the private hospital said it is cutting its services to Dela Peña because of his inability to pay the running balance of P 42, 591.10.

According to Army Concepcion, a paralegal from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Central Luzon office, the camp of land claimant lawyer Eligio Mallari should have provided the farmers with financial assistance since his men were the suspects behind the shooting incident earlier this week.

Aside from that, she also said that the hospital should not cut the medical supplies of the patient.

“The patient can pay the hospital afterwards so why did they cut the medical support? The hospital is only after the money of the patients and not their safety. If this patient dies, does that mean that money is just the reason behind that,” said Concepcion adding that hospitals are responsible for treating people and not killing them.

Due to his inability to sustain the medical expenses required by the hospital, Dela Peña was transferred to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

He will undergo an operation at the PGH but his mother said there is no assurance that his right eyesight can still be saved.

Dela Peña’s mother said they were asked to prepare around P 500, 000 that’s why they are appealing for the support of government aside from seeking positive legal results from the alleged "injustice that they have experienced from the hands of Mallari."

As farmers who cannot even fend for their daily expenses, Dela Peña’s mother said they are also asking for any financial assistance they can get from kind-hearted individuals.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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