Schools urged to protect students from communist recruitment

In light of the recent Senate inquiry on missing students who allegedly joined leftist organizations proliferating in schools, Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said educational institutions especially state colleges and universities should fully cooperate with security forces to ensure there is no presence of radical groups that indoctrinate students into the communist ideology.

This is a huge irony because state-run schools use government funds and yet they are producing people who are fighting against the government, Sen. Dela Rosa said.

Sen. Dela Rosa said he wants the University of the Philippines and Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ school administration to allow the army and police to enter the campus for educational forums.

“They do not allow the police in their campus but they are allowing the communist to recruit their students. They prohibited government instrumentalities to give education to the students,” Dela Rosa said Dela Rosa referring to an internal agreement between the police and school administration to locate missing students.

In the recent Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs hearing on missing students, several parents testified that their children, who were enrolled in PUP, Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of the East (UE), left their homes and did not contact them after joining progressive youth organizations.

Dela Rosa said the parents attended the Senate hearing on their own will and unfazed by threats that they will be labeled as “enemies” of the communist group if they speak up. The parents said their children refused to return home when they joined the League of Filipino Students, Anakbayan, and Kabataan party-list.

“These parents do not fear for their lives anymore, it’s as if they’re already dead because they no longer see or hear from their children),” Dela Rosa said.

In connection with a “missing” 17-year-old FEU Senior High School student, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group recently filed kidnapping and other charges against the recruiters, Anakbayan national chairman Vencer Crisostomo, and Anakbayan secretary-general Einstein Recedes.

While police forces are already allowed to patrol regularly in the campus, PUP president Emanuel de Guzman said the PUP Board of Regents shall convene to authorize this proposal first to avoid “agitating the students”.

But Dela Rosa said there should be “more regular” police patrols regardless of the reaction of the students. “I don’t care because if we are always afraid to agitate them, nothing will happen with this government. We will wake up one day realizing that a big chunk of our population has already been lured into this deceit,” Dela Rosa said.

“The government should have the political will to do what supposed to be done to ensure that the students continue and finish their studies,” Dela Rosa said.

Data from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) showed that there was a total of 513 “neutralized child victims of CPP- NPA recruitment” from 1999 to 2019.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (Christine Cudis, PNA)

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