Teacher Beth dies at 56, a former human rights worker | BICOL TODAY

Teacher Beth dies at 56, a former human rights worker

By Joey Natividad 

TIGAON, Camarines Sur — Bernadette “Beth” Pilapil-Garilao, a public school elementary teacher, who had spent her youth searching for victims of “Desaparecidos” or the “disappeared” died Thursday, July 5 (2018) of a serious illness of diabetes at the age of 56 years old, leaving her husband. Ramon, son Krismer “Towee” and daughter, Ona.

In the 1990s, “Beth” Pilapil was active in the group, Families of Involuntary Disappearances (FIND), a non-government organization in Manila which focuses on cases of “the disappeared”, victims who were abducted by agents of the state and subjected to “enforced disappearances” which are part of state repression and harassment on dissent.

She joined FIND when her brother, Tomas Pilapil, was abducted by military men in a checkpoint in Polangui, Albay in 1987, and was never seen again. Later, after leaving FIND, she devoted to teaching.

Before her death, she was an elementary school teacher in Mabalodbalod Elementary School, this town.

According to her husband, Ramon, he has unpaid bills amounting to P150,000. for the stay in a private hospital which ordered him to sign a promissory note before releasing the cadaver.

He said the hospital, where she died, refused to release her death certificate until he pays. The death certificate is an important document to secure death benefits, follow-up pension, burial expenses.

Any financial assistance will be appreciated by the surviving family in these hours of need.

Burial will be on Saturday, July 14.   [BicolToday.com]

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