Two ex-child warriors file raps vs NPA in E. Visayas

Published November 26, 2020, 10:58 AM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – Two former New People’s Army (NPA) child warriors filed a case against officials and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Eastern Visayas on Wednesday for violations of Republic Act 9851 (Philippine Act on Crime Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity) and Republic Act 11188 (Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Act).

The cases were filed by Ruffa (not her real name), 21, and her 17-year old sister Shane (not her real name) against  Rosemarie Añora, Jimmy Soledad, Nestor Lebico, Sr., Paterno Opo, alias Yenyen, alias Nana, alias Jill, alias Mira, and other members of Squad Abe, Platoon 1, Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) Levox, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee, CPP-NPA before the Leyte Provincial Prosecutor’s Office located in this city.

The siblings have also filed rape charges against CPP-NPA leader Paterno Opo alias ‘Yoyo Dodong’ last October 29.

Ruffa alleged that she was just 15 when she was raped by Opo with the “virtual consent” of their parents, who, according to them, are still active members of the CPP-NPA in Northwest Leyte. 

Their family originated from Hilongos, Leyte but they operated with the Regional Party Committee led by Opo.

Opo is the third in the brood of eight who are CPP-NPA terrorists. He leads Platoon 1 (codenamed Lipas). According to the Army, five of his siblings died fighting with government forces.