MANILA – A left-wing lawmaker on Monday rejected authorities' allegation that her group taught elementary school children in Davao del Norte to turn against government, under the cover of regular lessons.
ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro, former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and 16 other were arrested last week over the alleged kidnapping of students at a Lumad school in Talaingod town.
The children were allegedly taught to sing a different national anthem by rebels, Philippine National Police Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde claimed.
"Hindi naman totoo iyan. Actually ito (school) ay government recognized, pati iyung curriculum nito," Castro told radio DZMM.
(That is not true. This school and its curriculum are recognized by the government.)
Castro said her group rescued the students and teachers of Salugpongan Learning Center after it was allegedly padlocked by paramilitary groups last Wednesday.
However, Castro's group group failed to present documents of parental consent for the 14 minors who were on board their vehicle when it was flagged down, police said.
Castro and her companions were charged with kidnapping and human trafficking. They were released from police detention late Saturday after posting bail.