Military Terrorizes Batangas Community, Forcibly Recruits Minors to Join Paramilitary

When the case of Leon was first reported in a national daily, soldiers paid their relative a visit, demanding to see him. “The relative was told to bring the family home so they could talk about the issue, not through the media,” Arante said.

Evangelista said soldiers are spreading rumors that Leon’s family is prone to mental illnesses.

“First of all, it is not true,” he said, “Granting for the sake of argument that it is true, there should still be a triggering event. In this case, it was the military’s harassment and beating up of Leon.”

“We want no less than the pull out of the military from our community and a stop to the recruitment of CAFGUs from among our youth,” Arante said. (

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  1. This article is #lol.

  2. A defender of CAFGU writes in, and makes the legalistic argument of seeking ‘medical documents’! How unsurprising. However in the past ten years, the impunity of the Philippine military in torturing, killing, and ‘conscripting’ is well recorded. US military aid to the Philippine military should be totally ended. Look how the Philippine military abuse the aid, to terrorize its own people.

    The military should leave the community, end of story. There is no justification for the military to stay there.

  3. Well, why don't you try visit him at the hospital so you can see what's his condition? And from how you comment, it is most likely that you are a military agent. 🙂

    And please, there's no such thing as neutrality. Even journalists cannot practice them. Because the moment they choose to report something is already a bias that he wanted to report on it and let the public know about it.

  4. This article is very bias. Isn’t it that a journalist should position himself in a place where he can see both sides not just blindly dwelling on one side?

    Recruitment process for CAFGU is not as informal as it is depicted on this article. A soldier cannot just visit households without prior approval from his immediate superior or without orders. And this conscription-like method of recruiting is UNLIKELY to be ordered from higher ranks.

    And with the harassment, are you sure they (victim) can support with medical documents their claim that he was really beaten up by the said soldiers?

    1. isa ako sa naninirahan dito sa calabasahan hindi makatotohanan ang bintang ninya sa mga sundalong na mamalagi sa lugar namin tingnan nyo nalang ang mga kabutihan ginawa nila sa lugar naito na ni minsan hindi naisip ng mga rebelding new peoples army para sa sinasabe nilang gagawin nilang pag babago para sa bayan sa halip sini sira nila ang kinabukasan ng bawat kabataang suma sapi sa kanilang kilosan at ngayong tanging mga tumutulong na sundalo ang sinisira nila subukan kaya ninyaong alamin ang buong katutuhanan sa likod ng pangyayaring kina sang kutan ng batang sina sabi nyong binug bog ng mga sundalo dito yan ay walang katutuhanan sadyang may sira na sya sa pag iisip at yon ay di dahil sa pambubugbog ng mga sundalo dito maayos silang na mamalagi dito maganda ang pakikisama nila malaki din ang nai tulong nila lalo na si COL ARNEL VILLAREAL PAF sya ang gumawa ng hakbang para maayos ang daan sa amin mula so maquitib pa baba ng calabasahan .sya din tumulong para mabigyan ng scholarship ang ilang mga kabataan nag aaral sa calabasahan elem.ang tumutulong sa mga underweight na batang na ninirahan dito sa lugar namin na ni minsan di naibigay ng mga taong na ninira sa mga sundalong pag tulong ang misyon para sa so calabasahan at wala silang karapatang paalisin sila dito.

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