DOJ summons leftist groups’ members over ‘missing student’ raps

MANILA The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday issued a subpoena to respondents in a case filed by the Philippine National Police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on behalf of a mother whose minor daughter allegedly went missing after being recruited in school to join a communist front organization.

Summoned to appear before the Department of Justice (DOJ) were Charie del Rosario, Bianca Gacos, Jayroven Villafuente Balais, Vencer Crisostomo, and Einstein Recedes.

Those summoned were members of the Anakbayan Morayta, Far Eastern University chapter whom complainant Relissa Lucena said recruited her daughter, Alicia Jasper, to join their group a year ago when the latter was still a 17-year-old senior high school student.

The subpoena was signed by Assistant State Prosecutor Christine T. Perolino who set a hearing on August 27 and September 10 and 24.

Anakbayan, the PNP-CIDG complaint said, is "an organization advocating violence in order to overthrow a legitimate government."

Also summoned by state prosecutors were former Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago, Anakbayan Party-list spokesperson Alex Danday, and former Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin.

The charges allege violation of Republic Act 10364 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003; kidnapping; the laws on special protection of children in armed conflicts; and laws prohibiting child abuse.

Among the witnesses were rebel returnees Ma. Rebecca Pecayo and Edison Villanueva, who said they were recruited into the New People's Army (NPA) through initial indoctrination by front youth groups.

The NPA is considered as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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