Parents whose children are missing, most of them female minors in their mid-teens, recently sought assistance from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to pursue charges against leftist activist organizations that allegedly recruited their children to leave their homes.
A Facebook group formed by the said parents of schoolgirls recruited by communist front groups has grown to more than 15,000 engagements with similarly-situated distraught parents sharing experiences and news about their missing children.
Members of the group sought assistance from the PNP Manila Police District (MPD) which is now evaluating whether to pursue the charges of child abuse and exploitation and inducing a minor to leave home against the students’ recruiters.
Police Captain Ana Lourence Simbajon of the MPD assured the complainants of prompt action on their case.
Isay Santos said her daughter, Alicia Jasper Lucena, who originally wanted to be a military officer was recruited at the Far Eastern University by the Anakbayan, a youth organization supporting the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
Santos recently posted her daughter’s story on Facebook in Filipino. NoToViolence.ph published Santos’ post in English.
“I just want my daughter back,” Santos said.
Santos’ daughter who remains missing will turn 18 later this month, July 2019.
“What kind of group would instruct children to tell their parents to forget them and that they are no longer their parents’ offsprings?” Santos said.
Santos, along with three other families from as far as Tuy, Batangas, sought help from the MPD for their children enrolled in a university in Manila.
Another mother, Trisha Guevarra from Batangas, said her daughter has been missing for over a year shortly after joining a communist front group at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).
She would return after a few weeks and has now been missing for over a year after enrolling as an 11th grader.
All the children had chosen Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) Strand in their Academic Track in senior high school, the parents said.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (Source: Benjamin Pulta, PNA)