LOOK: Missing boy bears resemblance with Maute child warrior

MANILA, Philippines - Seven years after losing her three-year-old son in Tondo, Manila, a mother is desperately pleading for help for fears that the local terror group Maute Group have turned him into a child warrior.

In July 4, 2010, Ram-ram Abdul Jabar Cabugatan, also referred to as “Azramie Mangondacan”, was kidnapped from his home. In a submitted affidavit, Rowhanisa Abdul Jabar alleged her helper Ula Arada of conniving with a former neighbor identified as Sittie Melva, whom she accused of masterminding the kidnapping.

Missing boy bears resemblance with Maute child warrior
PHOTO CREDIT: Pinoy Tambayan
Today, Ram-ram would be 10 years old, the same age as the Maute child soldier photographed. Although the child warrior bears resemblance with her son, she said she needs more information about him as she could no longer recognize her own son.

In her desperate plead on social media, Jabar wrote: “Siya na nga ba ‘yan. Kasi ako bilang isang ina, na nalayo nang almost 8 years and anak, hindi ko na po makilala, except sa sinasabi nila na lukso ng dugo.”

She added: "Sa murang edad niya, hindi dapat siya nagkakaganyan. Sana may magandang siyang kinakaharap sa ngayon, kung hindi siya nahiwalay sa akin.”

Jabar is still hoping to be reunited with her son in the future.

“Nahirapan pa kasi akong mag-move on kaya nanginginig ako at kinakabahan (nang makita ko ang picture,” she told Davao Today.

Based on a previous report by Rappler, the Maute terrorists had been recruiting child warriors to fight with them. A former child warrior revealed that child soldiers were trained in Butig, the hometown of Farhana Maute, the family’s matriarch.

Last May, the terrorist group started a siege that resulted to the destruction of Malawi City and displacement of about 600,000 residents of Lanao del Sur. The group is among the local terror groups that pledged allegiance to the international terror group Islamic State or ISIS with the hope of putting up an Islamic caliphate in the country.

-- Mini, The Summit Express

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