Military’s human rights office says in report 544 children recruited by NPA

MANILA, Philippines—The military’s human rights office made public a report on Thursday (Nov. 26) accusing New People’s Army (NPA), armed wing of Communist Party of the Philippines, of employing at least 544 minors since 2010.

 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Human Rights Office (AFPHRO) said there could be more minors being used by guerrillas.

 

Data were gathered by the AFPHRO from military units in the field that submitted “factual and verifiable basis for the report,” said AFP public affairs chief Capt. Jonathan Zata on Thursday.

 

“The figures which had been recorded as of date are expected to rise, as AFP units continue their inquiry and ten…

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