7ID Warns Parents

    FORT MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA ECIJA – The 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army is warning all parents of the intensified covert recruitment that the CPP-NPA conducts in schools and major universities.

    A few days ago, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) presented a list of 18 schools where NPAs had allegedly recruited students to become regular members of the communist organization.

    It is not surprising that the youth are the target recruits of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) as they are idealistic, vulnerable to radicalism and easy to train. To prevent this, the 7ID strongly recommends that the parents of students be more vigilant in being constantly informed about the activities and whereabouts of their children even when inside their schools and campuses.

    The NPA recruitment process normally starts with selecting prospective student members who are smart, idealistic and passionate about a cause. They would then teach them about communism and indoctrinate them about activism. An invitation to join rallies would come next. After they have proven their passion and courage in a number of demonstrations and rallies, they will then be “immersed” in a community where they get their first exposure with the armed group of the NPA.

    It was September last year (2017) when John Paul Calica, a student of the Asian Institute for Computer Studies, and Guiller Martin Cadano, a B.S. Psychology Cum Laude graduate of UP Clark both perished in an encounter with government troops in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. Their family had no idea of what they were doing.

    The latest victim is Gerald Salonga, yet another B.S. Psychology student from UP Clark, who also got killed in an encounter with NPAs and government troops in Ma. Aurora, Aurora only last September 2, 2018.

    MGen Felimon T Santos Jr AFP, 7ID Commander, said that these students should have had a bright future and become productive members of the society had they not been negatively influenced and recruited by the NPA.

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