Activists in the Philippines have been detained. They may be heroes. They may be kidnappers. Their claim? – They were rescuing school children from abuse.
Former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Partylist Representative Francisca “France” Castro were detained and charged with “trafficking in relation to child abuse, kidnapping and failure to return a minor.” This occured after they had carried out the “humanitarian mission” of “rescuing” children who were allegedly locked inside their classrooms by the 56th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army and Alamara Paramilitary Group.
Justice served or justice reconsidered?
Sides are being taken into account, while keeping both suspects in custody. According to recent reports, Ocampo and Castro are asking for a preliminary investigation because it is their right. The investigation is a part of the judicial process, which will prove their innocence and decide whether or not their actions were lawful.
According to the accused’s testimony, they were only rescuing the children who were trapped in the supposedly locked Lumad schools. To support their claims they said that they only took the children to bring them to safety. They said they had parental consent for half of the children that were taken. On their way to their destination, however, they were suddenly blocked at a checkpoint by the police.
Kidnappers wearing a mask of morality?
We can almost never tell whether the intentions behind a person’s deeds are completely honest or mixed with the touch of deceit. Cases such as these are not new to the country, yet it always finds its way into the public.
Many citizens are confused as to whether the accused are doing things in favor of righteousness or is if they only do it for show and have a hidden agenda.