'Mom worries about activist daughter amid Covid-19 outbreak'

'Mom worries about activist daughter amid Covid-19 outbreak'

A member of  “Hands Off Our Children” a group of parents whose children were recruited by alleged front organizations of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), has come up recently to expressed its concern amidst the community quarantine brought about by the COVID-19.

Relissa Lucena, mother of Alicia Jasper (AJ), a student activist she believes to be recruited by the New People’s Army(NPA), has expressed a grave concern and anxiety about the possible condition of her daughter amid to the threat of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease.

"I'm scared for Alicia because she's prone to tonsillitis infection. I'm worried about her health condition. I just don't know, as a legal organization, what are their precautionary measures to prevent Covid-19. Are they taking care of our recruited children? They are using them without any compensation," she told the PNA.

Relissa S. Lucena becomes emotional while talking about her daughter during a Senate joint hearing last year
(photo credit to PNA)

Lucena is thinking about the recruited minors now that the government is very steadfast in the implementation of the measures in controlling the respiratory disease.

“Of course, as parents, we don’t even know where they are now. Are they in good condition? How about the food? Are they being fed properly? Are they safe from the occurring coronavirus?” Lucena’s said.

Lucena and the other parent members of the group are now worrying for their child most especially now that the threat of the COVID-19 is very real.

“Imagine? They pulled out my daughter from school to become a full-time member of the organization, and used her for political motives. I can’t help but worry about my daughter’s current condition and her colleagues. Are they being treated if they are sick?” she said.

“It breaks my heart thinking that I could not even protect my child against the threat of the Covid-19 because they took her away from me,” she said, citing that AJ was just a minor when she was reportedly recruited by militant groups.

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