Mom denounces NPA recruitment of 12-year-old daughter: 'Protect your children'

Nilda Villamonte of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental tightly embraces her 12-year-old daughter after they were reunited in Bacolod City on Saturday.

A 54-year old mother, Nilda Villamonte who works as a laundrywoman from La Carlota City Negros Occidental, thought that her 12-year-old daughter was just away from home to attend a dance practice for a cultural show in the city.
However, on Saturday afternoon, November 2, Villamonte found herself at the police Bacolod headquarters, where her daughter was being held.

Villamonte’s youngest child was reportedly one of the 14 minors captured by the authorities during a raid at the compound of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Gabriela and allied groups in Barangay Bata late Thursday afternoon.
“Wala ko ga expect nga amo na ila ginahimo ya. Abi ko gani may contest sila saut sa Bacolod ‘ya (I did not expect that she was with people doing those things. I thought she was in Bacolod for a dance contest),” the crying mother said
The joint operation of the police and military successfully seized firearms, ammunitions and explosives together with 40 persons who were allegedly linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

“Bag-o ko lang ni siya gani nakita. Pila na kaadlaw wala kami kakit-aay. Kis-a gatawag ko sa cellphone niya (We saw each other only now. We haven’t seen each other for several days. I sometimes try to contact her on her cellphone),” Villamonte told reporters while inside the Women and Children Protection Desk office
According to Philippine News Agency’s report, CPP-NPA held meetings together with the minors for the past several days.
The child’s mother said that her daughter would tell her that they are practicing for a cultural contest in Bacolod and would sometimes be away from home.*

“Kis-a isa ka semana, duha ka semana waay gapuli. Kung tawgan mo wala gasabat (Sometimes she’s away for a week, sometimes even two weeks. She doesn’t answer my calls),” Villamonte said
The mother also added that whenever her daughter would come home, she looks very tired and hungry.
After reuniting with her daughter, Villamonte urges other parents to protect their children from people trying to lure them to join rebel groups.

“Halungan niyo inyo mga bata nga indi na madala sang mga recruiter nga wala sang mayo nga hinimu-an. Tap-ana niyo na bi ang recruiter kay wala na pulos (Protect your children from these recruiters who will not do you anything good. Stop them because what they do is nonsense),” Villamonte said

Source: PNA

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