CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – Three individuals, who are believed to be members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) CPP-NPA-NDF, were indicted for two counts of criminal case in relation to Qualified Trafficking in Persons Act by the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.

Albert Dela Cerna, Ma. Pilar Dela Cerna, and Karina Dela Cerna were charged with violation of Section of Section 4 in relation to Section 6 (Qualified Trafficking in Persons) of the Republic Act 9208 as Amended by RA 10364 also known as the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012. After finding probable cause by the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office. Said individuals are also facing separate criminal cases for violations of RA 10591 (Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunitions) and RA 9516 (Illegal Possession of Explosives) with a “no bail” recommendation.

It can be recalled that Albert and Karina Mae Dela Cerna were among those individuals who were arrested by the joint elements of the PNP and AFP in Bacolod City on October 31, 2019 wherein 32 firearms, 130 rounds ammunitions, and five explosives were seized, while 13 minors were rescued.

In November 2019, rescued minors together with their parents filed trafficking complaint before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office against John Milton Lozande, Noli Rosales, Proseso Quitzon, and the three Dela Cernas. These erring individuals were also accused of taking advantage of the minors’ vulnerability by deceitfully recruiting them to join illegal activities such as taking up arms against the government, based on the revelations of the victims.

Major General Eric C Vinoya, Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, reiterated the government’s desire to put an end to the recruitment scheme of the Communist Terrorist Group CPP-NPA-NDF in Western and Central Visayas through the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

“With the development of this case, we are seeing the government’s serious and united effort to quell the CPP-NPA-NDF’s recruitment activities, particularly among the minors. Very clearly, this is a violation of our laws and the Intertnational Humanitarian Law, hence, the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s (RTF-ELCAC) swift action,” Vinoya emphasized.

“Let this serve as a warning to those who still continue to do recruitment activities for the CPP-NPA-NDF. The long arms of the law will eventually reach you as we endeavor to protect our countrymen especially our youth, from the destructive nature of your ill-motivated armed struggle that leads to terrorism,” he added.

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