Army commanders in Panay condemned the CPP-NPA Terrorist for abusing and destroying the future of a 15-year old who voluntarily turned herself to the troops of 61st Infantry Battalion.
According to LTC Sisenando Magbalot Jr. Commanding Officer of the Army’s 61IB, alias Regin of Tapaz, Capiz left the armed movement and willingly surrendered to the Army due to extreme hardships and hunger in the mountains.
“She is supposed to be studying in school instead of carrying guns and bullets. Her surrender confirmed the CPP-NPA Terrorist’s recruitment and training of innocent individuals including children to take part on criminal activities,” LTC Magbalot emphasized.
For his part, MGen Dinoh Dolina, Commander of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division stressed “Recruiting and abusing the child is a gross violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law ,and RA 7610 also known as Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.”
“The communist terrorist organization deliberately abused not only her young and innocent minds but most of all her future; a heartless and inhumane act that only communist terrorist group does. They are the true child abuse perpetrator who even forced the children to carry firearms and take part on the bloody armed struggle.”
On the other hand, MGen Dolina encouraged the youth to stay in school and prioritize their studies instead of allowing this terrorist organization to exploit their minds and misuse their abilities in terroristic activities. “Be wary of the machinations of some groups. Be wary of those who abuse your youthful idealism, agitating you with the social problems of our country and dragging you into the armed struggle.
You can do more to help our country solve its problems in an environment of peace rather than through armed struggle,” he added.