This is sad to hear. I had the opportunity to meet Sheena in person back in 2005 when she was Chairperson of the UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences Student Council. We were in UP Cebu October of that year for the Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP National Congress and in UP Diliman by November for that “riotous” General Assembly Student Council where the social democrats and their reactionary allies ousted then Student Regent Ken Ramos in order to advance their self-vested agenda.
  
I met Sheena only twice. I am saddened by the loss of someone as full of optimism and enthusiasm, someone as full of life, like Sheena. I know that Sheena and her little teddy bear Lulu will be missed by her friends in the youth and student movement where she was active before she took on greater sacrifices with the people’s army. I am sure that she will be missed by the masses of workers and peasants in the countryside whom she served wholeheartedly and whom she inspired to fight for liberation from this oppressive and exploitative system. Many more will continue the struggle.
  
Sheena is the second person I knew personally who embraced the armed struggle as the highest form of struggle for social transformation and offered her life in the process. My batchmate Rachelle Mae Palang was also brutally killed by army troops in the hinterlands of Negros Oriental back in 2008. In a society like ours, death is an ordinary everyday occurrence. But to die in the service of the people makes one’s death weighter than all of Sierra Madre. This is part of the sacrifice they were prepared to take. Farewell Sheena, you will always live in our hearts.

Kapirasong Kritika

“Nabalitaan mo na ang nangyari kay Sheena?” tanong ng isang kaibigan sa text. At nalungkot na siya agad. Alam niya ang ibig sabihin noon, lalo na’t nabanggit na sa text, walang alyas-alyas, ang pangalan ng kaibigang sumapi sa New People’s Army o NPA. Nagtanong pa rin siya, umaasa sa pinakamagandang senaryo sa ganoong pagkakataon, na nadakip lang ang kaibigan. Pero kinukuha na raw sa puntong iyun ng pamilya ang bangkay. Pagkabasa sa huling text, bumigat ang loob niya, uminit ang mga mata.

Naging kaibigan niya si Sheena Trinidad, mag-aaral ng Behavioral Science sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Manila. Naging miyembro ito ng Student Christian Movement, naging opisyal ng konseho ng mag-aaral ng College of Arts and Sciences, hanggang naging tagapangulo nito at ng progresibong partido-alyansa sa paaralan. Ang totoo, ginusto ng mga kasama niya na maging tagapangulo si Sheena ng University Student Council, pero tinanggihan niya – nang mariin…

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