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AFP names 18 schools tagged in ouster plot

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

An official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has revealed the universities and colleges in Metro Manila where the New People’s Army are allegedly recruiting members from.

AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Bgen. Antonio Parlade named the schools as:

1. UP Diliman
2. UP Manila
3. PUP Sta. Mesa
4. Ateneo
5. Dela Salle University
6. UST
7. FEU
8. UE Recto
9. UE Caloocan
10. Adamson University
11. Emilio Aguinaldo College
12. Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
13. San Beda College
14. Lyceum Of The Philippines
15. University Of Makati
16. Caloocan City College
17. University Of Manila
18. Philippine Normal University

Parlade said the school officials are possibly unaware of the activities in their respective institutions that are being used by communist groups to indoctrinate the students into joining their organization.

Parlade cited the screening of films that show the “dark years” of martial law under Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.

He said the films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge students to join protest rallies.

The AFP reminds parents to keep an eye on their children to prevent them from being recruited by insurgents.

The report about a group of students conniving with the CPP-NPA to oust the president was first revealed last Tuesday during the Senate’s deliberation on the proposed budget of the Department of National Defense.

The AFP added that they also have documents on the frequent conferences of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Joma Sison with the University of the Philippines. — Asher Cadapan Jr.

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UP climbs 28 spots in World University Rankings 2020

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Four universities in the Philippines made it to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) best universities in the world for 2020.

The country’s flagship state university, the University of the Philippines (UP), secured its highest rating so far in the list of best universities in the world, climbing 28 spots from 384th last year to 356th this year.

The university has just celebrated its 111th founding anniversary on June 18, 2019.

Three other Philippine universities entered the top 1,000 higher education institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2020 released on Wednesday (June 19).

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) also climbed up from 651-700th last year to 601-650th spot this year.

De La Salle University (DLSU) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) were able to retain their 801-1000th spots.

The top five list include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford and University of Chicago.

READ the complete list here.

Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education information provider ranks the top 1,000 universities in the world based on six key indicators: academic reputation; employer reputation; faculty and student ratio; citations per faculty; international faculty ratio; and international student ratio.

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3 NPA terrorists killed in Mindoro encounter

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

Courtesy: (2DPAO, 2ID, PA)

RIZAL, Philippines — Three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) terrorist group were killed in an encounter with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the town of Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro province.

The encounter took place on Thursday afternoon (June 13) and lasted for almost two hours.

According to BGen. Marceliano Teofilo, the commander of the 203rd Infantry Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Mindoro Province, they received information from concerned citizen that the NPA terrorists in the area will conduct training to their newly recruited members of which some were believed to be minors.

“This prompted us to conduct Focused Military Operation (FMO) and our troops were able to locate their whereabouts, and fire fight broke,” Teofilo said.

The military also recovered three M16 rifles; one AK-47; one cal.45 with 2 magazines; one grenade launcher tube; two improvised explosive devices (IED) and switch; three blasting caps; two cellphones; and assorted kinds of ammunitions at the encounter site.

According to the report, one soldier from the Army’s 4IB was slightly wounded in the left ear but is now in safe condition.

Lt.Col. Alexander Arbolado, Battalion Commander of the 4IB said they already dispatched additional troops and K9 units to track the whereabouts of the retreating rebels.

“We will not let them go until they are totally destroyed,” he said.

BGen. Teofilo calls on the NPA rebels to surrender or else “suffer the fate of their comrades” as the military will not stop in pursuing them.

Meanwhile, Army’s 2nd Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Patrick Jay Retumban said “the intel community is now validating the reports that an NPA Commander was slain during the encounter”.

If it’s true, BGen. Teofilo said it would be a major blow to the NPA rebel unit in Mindoro.

“Their days are numbered and in just a matter of time the NPA here will be on the verge of collapse due to their numerous setbacks in armed encounters and snowballing of surrenderees,” he noted.

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DILG to Reds: Spare the youth from lies, deception

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday called on communist rebel groups to stop recruiting students and out-of-school youth into their movement.

“Spare our young people from your lies and deception.Huwag ninyong sirain ang kinabukasan nila. Huwag ninyo silang linlangin at idamay sa mga pakana ninyo para mag-aklas laban sa gobyerno,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.

Año, a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the youth are easy to manipulate and brainwash making them priority target recruits of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDF).

“The youth should be in school and not in the mountains,” he said. 

“The youth are a brave, curious and adventurous bunch. So, the communists take advantage of these qualities along with their vulnerabilities to deceive, manipulate, and threaten them into becoming one of their own,” he added.

Año made the remark following the death of several teenaged NPA combatants in previous encounters with government forces.

The DILG chief also called on the youth not to fall for the communists’ deception and smooth talk.

“I tell you, it is a trap. They will sow hatred and lies into your heads so that you will become their vessel to unknowingly work to push their twisted ideology,” he said.

Año further stated that communist terrorist groups capitalize on issues like cost of education, neglect of the youth sector, poor internet connection, lack of career opportunities, among other socioeconomic issues to agitate the young people and indoctrinate them on the communist ideology.

“The communist terrorists poison the minds of our children by teaching them to hate the government and arming them with guns. This form of child trafficking must stop,” he said.

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