Answer parents’ claims on missing minors, leftist groups urged

MANILA Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, on Thursday urged communist-linked groups to answer the allegations made by parents of the minors who went missing shortly after being allegedly recruited by their front groups.

This came after one of the parents, Mrs. Relissa Lucena, became emotional as she told the story of her missing daughter, who was believed to have been recruited by leftist groups during a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

No less than the parents have already talked and they really became very emotional. You could just imagine your child can badmouth you right in front of many people because she was brainwashed allegedly by Anakbayan. This is what I am saying. Anakbayan should answer the allegations of the parents, Albayalde told reporters when sought for a comment.

Albayalde also lashed out at the group for pointing to them as the culprits behind the missing children.

"Why are they are saying that this is our fault again? It's not us. They should respond to the parents instead of saying that this is again a ploy of the government or the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and the PNP. That is our challenge to them. Tell where the children of these crying and agonizing parents are, he added.

He assured that they are ready to help the parents find their missing children.

Yes, and as of August 1, we have filed charges against those identified based on what the parents said. If I'm not mistaken, Mrs. Lucena's daughter has yet to return home. Even the other children haven't returned home yet," he added.

He also expressed concern that these children might already be hiding in the mountains.

I'm afraid they might be caught in between the encounter of the AFP, PNP and the rebels. And then the rebels will cry human rights violation later on, the PNP chief said.

Meanwhile, Albayalde also asked Senator Ronald Bato dela Rosa to review the memorandum of understanding between the Department of Defense and the University of the Philippines banning soldiers and police inside the university's premises.

The MOU states that the military and police must first seek permission from the UP administration before they are allowed to enter the campus.

During Wednesday's Senate hearing, Lucena, said her daughter has become stubborn after joining Anakbayan.

"Ang anak ko walang alam sa mundo, first time pa lang siyang lumayo sa bahay namin, hindi pa siya ganun ka-exposed. Pero nung first semester nakita ko na 'yung changes. Matigas na siya. Nag-open siya sa akin, Anakbayan na daw siya at lider na siya (My child is not that 'enlightened' yet. It's her first time to be far from us, she's not that exposed. But I saw her change during her first semester at school. She became hard-headed. She said she's a member of Anakbayan and she's a leader), Lucena said.

"Sinasabihan ko siya na huwag ka diyan. Against ako sa ginagawa nila pero hindi naman sa pinaglalaban nila (I told her not to get involved. I'm not against what they fight for, I'm against with how they do it)," she added.

Her daughter said she is already a "full-time" member of Anakbayan.

"Sabi niya full-time na siya sa Anakbayan. Nung nalaman niyang nagsumbong ako, sabi niya kalaban na daw ako, huwag ko na daw isipin na may anak siya at ayaw na niyang mag-aral, Lucena said.

She said her daughter already left their home and her efforts to get her back were unsuccessful.

She said her daughter even called her an oppressor.

"Nakita ko siya may hawak na placard, ang dugyot niyang tingnan, naka-tsinelas lang. Yung anak ko halos ayaw kong padapuan ng langaw tapos ganun ang gagawin nila (I saw her holding a placard, she looked untidy, only wearing slippers)," she said.

She added that her daughter also became part of a group posting campaign materials for party-list and then-senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares during the May 2019 elections.

Dela Rosa, meanwhile, expressed his dismay on state universities and proposed a plan to put a corresponding sanction for allowing communism to corrupt the students' minds.

The Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, New People's Army, are listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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