Where is Gabriela to champion the plight of grieving mothers?

Where is Gabriela to champion the plight of grieving mothers?

This is an issue where Gabriela a militant women's group should be shouting in behalf of the grieving mother over the cases of missing minors reportedly recruited by Anakbayan in various schools in Metro Manila,

Major General Antonio Parlade, Jr., who is also Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Civil-Military Operations, said there lack of response from the group that claims to advocate women's rights and welfare is hard to understand considering that many of them are mothers themselves.

"Amidst this controversy on the missing children recruited by Anakbayan from schools in Manila, Gabriela is surprisingly so quiet. You are mothers too. Say something about the exploitation of these children recruited at ages 16 or even younger. You are showing your true color as allies of Anakbayan and the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army) by not standing up in protest, together with the children's grieving mothers," he said in a statement.

 If they are really championing the cause of all Filipino women, Parlade said, then it is high time for Gabriela to stand up for 8,635 mothers grieving over the disappearance of their children so that they can all be safely returned home.
"You claim to defend the rights of women. What happened to you? With your timely intervention maybe you can convince your colleagues in Anakbayan and the NPA to return the children alive. It's not too late, I hope," he added.

Parlade added that the AFP will do everything to save these kids and return them to their families even if they are already full time communists.

"They are just kids and they are simply victims of your exploitation. We will offer them safe-conduct passes if they reach out to the nearest parish, barangay official, school official or wherever they will feel safe," he said.

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Report from PNA

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