Mindanao Times

Army to continue to monitor schools on NPA recruitmen­t

- BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE PHILIPPINE Army will help secure the schools and protect students from New People’s Army recruitmen­t.

“The AFP and police will help in securing schools but the school management has really the responsibi­lity especially teachers but for us we just provide them protection and give proper informatio­n regarding recruitmen­ts,” Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, the commanding general of the Philippine Army, said in an interview last Friday during the 13th founding anniversar­y of the 10th ID in Barangay Tuboran Mawab, Compostela Valley.

He clarified that the soldiers don’t enter schools unless there’s an invitation from the administra­tors to conduct a lecture or awareness campaign. The officers said students don’t end up as guerrilla fighters right away. A good number of them don’t even take up arms.

“We are doing our best that we could stop it and the youth should be staying with their families, “he added.

The Army chief said the NPA has weakened in

recent years as they recorded more or less 4,000 former rebels who surrendere­d to different military units.

Also earlier, Capt Jerry Lamosao, the 10th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office chief, said that they are always monitoring NPA activies in schools. He said the indoctrina­tion of students has been confirmed by former rebels who surrendere­d to the government.

“We remind the parents because their (kids) are targets in schools, especialy by those members who are really trained to recruit,” he said. “We are hoping that they don’t have the chance to come near or become friends with your children.”

Based on the record of 10th ID, there were 226 regular NPA members surrendere­d, 130 Milisyang Bayan, 35 Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL), 465 Undergroun­d Mass Organizati­on (UGMO), 10 Left leaning organisati­on members who surrendere­d this year.

Lamosao slammed the NPA for continuing to recruit minors as combatants. According to him, about 30% of those who surrendere­d to the different units were underage when they joined the rebel group.

 ??  ?? TEACHERS bring their students to Magsaysay Park so they could be exposed to the tribal village and learn about the different cultures. BING GONZALES
TEACHERS bring their students to Magsaysay Park so they could be exposed to the tribal village and learn about the different cultures. BING GONZALES

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