The Philippine government says that many of the rebels captured after the recent fighting in the country's south are children.
The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was involved in a standoff with the military for more than two weeks in Zamboanga.
The minors say they were abducted from outlying islands in the southern Philippines by MNLF fighters. However, there are also claims that they were mistreated by security forces.
Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports from Zamboanga City.