The Armed Forces of the Philippines Human Rights Office (AFPHRO) on Thursday said that 548 minors have been recruited and used by communist terrorist groups (CTGs) in armed conflict since 2010. “The rebel group has been repeatedly using minors to actively participate in hostilities to advance their struggle. They violate the rights of the children and subject them to situations that could cost them their lives. These unlawful activities constitute (a) violation of (the) Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, as well as local laws, such as RA (Republic Act) 7610, RA 9851, and RA 11188,” said AFPHRO chief Col. Joel Alejandro Nacnac.
Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata, AFP public affairs office chief, added the AFPHRO has submitted to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for appropriate action a report citing evidence of the New People’s Army’s (NPA) recruitment of children and involving them in armed conflict.
Nacnac said the the CTGs’ manipulation of minors has shown a nationwide pattern of organized, continuing, and systematic scheme of misuse and abuse of children. SOVEREIGNPH