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DoJ summons party-list groups over ‘kidnapping’

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GOVERNMENT prosecutors have summoned officials of leftist party-lists over the alleged abduction and recruitment of students to their causes.

Summoned were Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Jane I. Elago, former Bayan Muna Party-list representative Neri J. Colmenares, Anakbayan National President Vencer Crisostomo and General Secretary Einstein Recedes, and Akbayan Rep. Tom S. Villarin.

They are ordered to appear before the Justice department starting on Aug. 27.

“Failure on your part to comply with this subpoena shall be considered as your waiver to present your defense in this preliminary investigation,” according to the summons issued by Assistant State Prosecutor Christine T. Perolino.

Police earlier filed a complaint against them for kidnapping and human trafficking.

Complainant Relissa S. Lucena, the mother of senior high school student Alicia Jasper, reported that her daughter had gone missing after joining Anakbayan. The student has denied being kidnapped.




The Senate public order committee is also investigating the case. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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