By Allysa Nievera
Alicia Lucena, a senior high school student and member of a militant group, has been reported missing by her mother.
Lucena denied that she was kidnapped by the Anakbayan organization.
In a Facebook post, she said that she decided to leave her family because she has been on house arrest for a month and wanted to serve the people.
“Nagpasya akong umalis ng aming bahay dahil lagpas isang buwan na akong naka-house arrest dahil sa kagustuhan kong maglingkod sa bayan. That was so traumatic, lalo na it happened at the hands of my parents na inasahan kong pinaka makakaunawa sana ng aking decisions.” she said.
“Nandito lang po ako at isang personal na issue ng aming pamilya ang pasya ko na hindi umuwi sa amin.” she added.
Lucena said that she joined voluntarily and wasn’t brainwashed by the organization
“I joined ANAKBAYAN voluntarily, I was never coerced to do things na hindi ko gusto o gumawa ng bagay na beyond sa aking pagpapasya.” she said.
On Wednesday, her mother Relissa Lucena testified before the Senate Committee on Public order that Alicia had gone missing and allegedly had been kidnapped.
Alicia said she is open to reconcile with her parents but not when they are used to justify rampant human rights violation.
“Bukas naman akong makipag ayos at mag-usap, but not in this situation na ginagamit ng military ang kalagayan natin to justify the rampant human rights violations and to water down the legitimacy of the youth’s initiative to forward the democratic calls of the masses.”