By Gabriela Baron, Carmela Martinez, and Richa Noriega
Alleged missing activists appeared before the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday to seek assistance to open an investigation against what they claim as state-sponsored attacks committed against them, their families, and their organization.
Earlier, Alicia Lucena, 17 years old, a student of FEU clarified in a Facebook post that she joined the organization in her own volition.
“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 August 7, parents of the ‘missing’ students filed charges against Anakbayan organizers in the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
Meanwhile, Anakbayan denied the allegations in a statement.
“Anakbayan is a legitimate youth organization on the front lines of organizing and mobilizing against acts of injustice, tyranny, violence, exploitation, and oppression on the Filipino people,” the progressive group said.
A senate probe will be conducted tomorrow to address the allegations of ‘kidnapping’ and ‘brainwashing’ carried by the leftist organization.