The commander of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP NPA) Suyak Platoon, Southern Front is facing charges for sexually exploiting a 16-year-old former female rebel in Iloilo.
Joven Ceralvo known as “Ka Lex” was accused by alias Nene of violating Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, as well as Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.
Nene testified against Ceralvo after she voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion on March 17, 2021. She narrated how Ceralvo sexually abused her and other female members of the group, said 301st Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer Capt. Hazel Joy Durotan.
Her father accompanied her during the filing of charges against Ceralvo, Durotan added.
“I and my family are happy coupled with anger, sadness and too much worry because of my daughter’s pain in the hands of the NPA,” Nene’s father said in the vernacular.
Meanwhile, 301st Brigade Commander, Brig. General Marion Sison expressed hope that more parents, whose children have suffered the same fate, will come out and file charges against the malicious and deceptive communist-terrorist groups.
“Let us save all those children who were deceived and exploited by the CPP-NPA-NDF,” he said.
Sison added “Let us give our children a peaceful and better place conducive for living and creating a brighter future by helping us end the decades-long cruelty of these communist-terrorists.” SOVEREIGNPH