/ 28 February 2021

THE FOUR missing parents of Lumad learners rescued in Cebu City two weeks ago have returned to their hometown in Davao del Norte over the weekend.

Reports reaching PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas indicate the missing parents arrived back at  Sitio Kamingawan, Talaingod, Davao del Norte at 8:00 a.m. on Friday since being reported missing last Feb. 21, according to information passed on to Police Regional Office 11 by tribal Datu Lantong Bay-ao of Sitio Kamingawan and Datu Bongot Tangkulan of Sitio Tambuko.

The four were allegedly taken by organizers of communist front groups who introduced themselves as police officers, and were later monitored applying for travel authority at the airport and undergoing RT-PCR test at a local diagnostic center.

“Obviously, these four parents were lured into believing they would be reunited with their children in Cebu when they were taken by persons who disguised themselves as police officers. I can only surmise that this is part of desperate moves by the communist front organizations to evade charges of serious illegal detention and child exploitation,” the chief PNP earlier told members of the press.

The children of four parents were among 19 Lumad children, including 13 Ata Manobo minors, rescued by police from the University of San Carlos Retreat House in Cebu City last February 15.

The parents are now undergoing debriefing at the Tribal Center of Talaingod.