IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, August 29 - In its sustained effort to prevent youth from being recruited by the CPP-NPA terrorist groups and left-leaning organizations, the Region X Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELAC), through the 8th Infantry (Dependable) Battalion conducted an information drive in Bangcud National High School and Malaybalay City National High School on 28 August 2019.
During the Peace Forum arranged by the faculty members and the Army, the military troopers enthusiastically answered questions from senior high school students on how to prevent them from being recruited by the CPP-NPA. They also informed the students of the programs being offered by the government to those who want to surrender to the government and start a new life.
Schools are being used as breeding grounds of CPP-NPA and its left-leaning organizations’ recruitment. The students become the victims, as revealed by former rebels who turned their back on the CPP-NPA and surrendered to the folds of the law and testified against them [terrorist organization].
“After kong marinig yung explanation, narealize ko na wala palang magandang intention ang CPP-NPA. Tapos yung mga partylist na akala namin ay para sa masa, ginagamit lang pala nila para maka-recruit.” ( After I heard the explanation, I realized that indeed the CPP-NPA has no good intentions toward us [students]. And the party lists that we thought are for the masses are only used to recruit us), said one of the students.
Ltc. Ronald M Illana, Commanding Officer of the 8th IB, reiterated that the Philippine Army as part of the RTF-ELCAC X is serious in the fight against the CPP-NPA terrorist group and its left-leaning organizations. "We do not want our children to waste their lives being among the victims of the terrorist group. We will do everything we can to prevent them from being deceived by the group,” he added.
He said the RTF-ELCAC X and Philippine Army will sustain its efforts to make the community aware of the deceptions of the CPP-NPA and its left-leaning organizations. (8thIB/PIA10)