Youth activist Alicia Lucena narrated her experience of being maltreated for 4 months after she was forcibly taken and imprisoned in their house in Pasay, Metro Manila. Alicia is a member of Anakbayan and is 20 years of age.
It was in April of this year when Francis and Relissa Lucena kidnapped Alicia, their own child, with the help of the NTF-ELCAC through a “random swab testing” that was made in their barangay. Alicia was accompanied then by Sofia Bangayan, a fellow activist, who also did not expect it to be an operation where they were taken by their captors.
Last August 16, Alicia escaped from her captors. She narrated her experiences via Facebook Live where she said that she was carried to the car like a sack of rice. Furthermore, Alicia narrated that she was held captive in the fourth floor of their house where the room was painted white and had the words, “Solitary Confinement” written on it. She was prohibited from using her cellphone, talking to her siblings, watching TV, or reading books.
According to Alicia, she ran away from her home multiple times due to the inhumane treatment that she has experienced at the hands of her own family. Relissa Lucena, Alicia’s mother, happens to be a member of Yakap ng Magulang, Hands Off Our Children, and League of Parents of the Philippines, state-funded organizations that are under the NTF-ELCAC.
In 2019, the PNP and the NTF-ELCAC claimed that Anakbayan kidnapped Alicia yet the justice department junked said claim.
Anakbayan Panay strongly condemned the barbaric acts of abuse that the state committed against Alicia Lucena. They also added that Duterte’s administration is too calloused to care about the number of killings and human rights violations and should be made accountable to his crimes against the people.
POLICE FORCES ILLEGALLY ARRESTED 8 DUMAGAT FARMERS
8 Dumagat farmers were illegally arrested by up to 30 police forces last August 15 in Barangay Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal. The group Karapatan immediately called their arrest illegal and a part of the Duterte administration’s crackdown against the people.
On the same day, at around 2:34PM, 30 armed police and military personnel were also seen in Kasiglahan Village, Rodriguez, Rizal. Kasiglahan Village was the target of coordinated police and military surveillance since the start of the pandemic.
Several residents of said village are members of the San Isidro Kasiglahan, Kapatiran, at Damayan para sa Kabuhayan, Katarungan, at Kapayapaan (SIKKAD K3), who have been the target of red-tagging by state forces. Four members of the group were also victims of the Bloody Sunday Massacre that happened last March 17 of this year. Two (2) days after said massacre, military men conducted a house-to-house operation in the area.
Since the start of the pandemic, Southern Tagalog has been the target of multiple crackdowns and extrajudicial killings. Last November 2020, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines was murdered along with couple Eugenia Magpantay and Agaton Topica in their home in Angono Rizal. Few weeks after, the military massacred 5 farmers in Baras, Rizal. Last March 7, of this year, the Bloody Sunday Massacre occurred, which resulted to the killing of 9 activists. Last May 6, 2 more activists were also illegally arrested and faced trumped-up charges. /PT