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NPA child warrior claims she was lured by leftist propaganda

By Eli C. Dalumpines

Tacloban City (12 October) -- It was not her dream to become a revolutionary; much more of being a woman red warrior, but the intense propaganda of the left enticed her to join the communist movement in an early age.

Ka Liza, 16 years old and one of the women warriors (popularly known as "amazona") rescued by elements of the 34th Infantry Battalion last October 4 in a hinterland barangay of Catbalogan, in an interview Tuesday claimed she was just 14 years old when she joined the movement.

She narrated that sometime in 2004, a certain Tito, whom she later identified as the commander of the "Batter" a unit under the Central Front-Samar 1 operating within the San Jorge-Catbalogan area, came to their house in Brgy. Catundan, San Jorge town and invited her to attend a three-day lecture conducted by the group.

Her parents, according to her, expressed disapproval of her attending the lecture but curiosity prompted her to listen to the lecture which actually lasted for a week.

"Pinaagi hadto nga edukasyon gintututdu-an kami parti han istorya han Pilipinas, ngan mga especial nga kurso han mga sector han parag-uma, kababayen-an ngan kabata-an (In that lecture, we were taught about the History of the Philippines, as well as specialized courses on the different sectors like the farmers, women and youth)," she informed.

The lecture, she recalled, culminated in the teaching of the BKP or the Batakang Kurso Pampartido which oriented them on the political aspects of the revolutionary movement.

"Katapos hito nga edukasyon, gin-obserbahan ako nira sulod han usa ka bulan basi ako na liwat an magdumara hin pagpanutdo han bag-o nga mga nag-api (After that I was given one month observation period while I did the Educating to the new recruits)," she added.

Later, however, she was trained to become a medical officer, a position which she holds until her rescue last October 4.

Ka Liza said they were in Sitio Cankahayag, Brgy. Tuturingon to mill corn when they were spotted by elements of 34th IB's Alpha Company who were patrolling the area. The milled corn is supposed to be a part of the sustenance of her unit, she said.

Lt. Col. Glorivine Dida, Commanding Officer of the 34th IB informed that his men reported that Ka Liza and her companions showed unusual reaction when they saw the patrolling unit. That prompted his men to conduct body search to the three who attempted to seek refuge in a nearby hut.

Recovered from Ka Liza was a cal. 45 pistol with a few live ammunitions. She later admitted that the recovered weapon was given to her by her unit just three days before their capture. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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