FILE PHOTO: Young rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid
MANILA, Philippines — Following reports that 18 schools in Metro Manila are being infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the PNP warned of filing charges against faculty members who will be caught conniving with the communist rebels by feeding students anti-government propaganda and allowing them to be recruited by the New People’s Army (NPA).
“Inciting to sedition at inciting to rebellion ang possible [charges] kung merong ebidensya na makukuha. Pero ang lahat ng ito ay kung may paglabag sa batas, “ said NCRPO Director PDir. Guillermo Eleazar. “Ang ating kapulisan ay andiyan para mag-imbestiga kung meron man silang ginagawang ganun.”
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed readiness to speak with the officials of the institutions, whose students are allegedly being tapped by the CPP-NPA.
Albayalde said there is a need to correct the views of students against the government possibly instilled in them by communist rebels.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) earlier said that rebels are using some schools to indoctrinate students into joining their organization through the screening of films that show the ‘dark years’ of martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.
The AFP said these films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge them to join protest rallies.
“Pag meron silang mga doubt especially so yung mga students, pag meron silang kailangang matutunan, meron silang mga question at doubt sa pag-iisip, puwede natin silang mabigyan ng liwanag kung ano talaga ang dapat matutunan ng isang estudyante para ma-develop na rin ang sense of nationalism at love of country,” said the PNP chief.
Albayalde also expressed a sense of loss over the actions of some youth leaders who choose to join left-leaning groups to criticize the government that funded their schooling.
“They’re supposed to be the cream of the crop, the hope of the land and yet ‘di ka pa graduate, you are already going against the same government that gives you free education. So ‘yun lang ang tanong natin: why? ” said Albayalde.
Police said schools are the second home of the youth and molding them into better individuals is among the important roles of teachers who are considered as their second parents. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue