Sally Ujano, child rights defender, convicted of rebellion by Taguig court

MANILA — Anti-child trafficking activist Sally Ujano has been found guilty by a Taguig Regional Trial Court (RTC) for the crime of rebellion dating back to 2006.

Ujano, 66, has been sentenced to 10 years of prision mayor minimum to 17 years and four months of reclusion temporal maximum.

The activist was arrested on Nov. 14, 2021 by police in plain clothes, who reportedly did not show any identification, on a rebellion charge related to an alleged ambush of two military personnel in Quezon province in 2005.

The rebellion charge against Ujano was filed in 2006. She was also accused of being a high-ranking member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army.

On Dec. 7, 2021, her camp filed a motion to quash the information.

After a year of imprisonment, Ujano was released on bail on Dec. 29, 2022.

Ujano served as the executive director of the Women’s Crisis Center from 2000 to 2007 and as the national coordinator of the Philippines Against Child Trafficking from 2008 to the present. She was actively involved in lobbying for the drafting and implementation of laws such as the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

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