Melissa Santos Lucena, mother of Alicia Jasper, a student activist recruited by militant group Anakbayan, is worried over her daughter’s ending up in the mountains to join the New Peoples’ Army (NPA).
Relissa’s dream to rebuild a strong family with Alicia’s presence was shattered after her daughter was again taken away from them, less than four months after Alicia, who has gone missing for years, was reunited with her family on April 20 this year.
She said Alicia or AJ was fetched by two motorcycle-riding men at around 9:40 a.m. on a street near their family home on Monday.
The grieving mom, in a video message posted on YouTube Monday, said her entire family only wanted a bright and safe future for AJ and her siblings, and cannot understand why she had to leave again.
“You are so unfair with your siblings, with your grandparents, and your cousins that we are all helping each other for you to become happy and forget about them. But why are you doing this? Why are you lying?,” she said partly in Filipino in her video message for AJ.
In Facebook video post on the same day, AJ repeatedly accused Relissa of being an abusive mother and that she was forcibly held by her family against her will.
She denied AJ’s statement saying she was only protecting her child out of danger.
“Why are you making us appear bad when we only want to protect you and save your from harm,” she said in Filipino.
In a press release on the same day, Anakbayan claimed Alicia’s escape from her family “was necessary.”
“Anakbayan considers Alicia’s escape from her captors as a necessary and legitimate action given the abuse she had experienced in her detention. Such necessity and legitimacy are bolstered by court decisions that affirm Alicia’s rights to speech, assembly and organization,” it said.
Relissa recalled that Alicia used to be a sweet daughter, a loving granddaughter, and a responsible sister before she joined to militant group Anakbayan – a militant left-wing youth-led organization that is part of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.
She said her daughter is blinded by the wrong ideologies of the leftist group.
“This is so painful. What you and your organization are doing to our family is so hurtful. Why do you have to do this? I don’t want to lose you, I don’t want you to die, I don’t want you to go to the mountains. Why don’t you and your organization understand that I’m only fighting for you because you’re my child and I don’t want you to die,” she said in Filipino.
Relissa insisted that Alicia was radicalized and needs to be freed from her real captors.