By DENCIO MADRIGAL
Commander, Valentin Palamine Command
Regional Operational Command
NPA-Far South Mindanao Region
May we express our deepest concern over the recent events in FarSouth Mindanao on the unconscionable exploitation of minors by the 39th Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division — Armed Forces of the Philippines. Its most recent victim is "Boy" (not his real name), a 17 year old of Brgy. Tagaytay, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, who has been trained and tasked to penetrate into a New People's Army unit and steal high powered rifles. At present, he is being paraded by the 39th IB as an "NPA child warrior".
For the information of all, Boy has never been in the NPA roster as a combatant or in whatever capacity. Under the despicable design of the 39th IB, the boy was able to enter the NPA camp under the auspices of the impostor and traitor Roger Parasa, his uncle, and cart away 2 high-powered rifles.