Left-leaning groups are a hot topic among students and parents. As per data from the military, around 513 students, who are minors, were recruited by left-leaning groups. Apparently, these left-leaning groups have some forms of connection with the New Peoples Army; the National Democratic Front; and the Communist Party of the Philippines (NPA/NDF/CPP).
However, based on recent data, students who were recruited were known to have already been neutralized in the past two (2) decades.
This is why Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, made his remark last Sunday, the 11th of August 2019, because the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, which is his panel, conducted an inquiry in the cases of missing students after joining left-leaning groups, allegedly.
Bato said that not allowing police force or military forces in schools, specifically State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) is somehow detrimental to the Philippine government.
Meron silang polisiya doon na bawal pumasok ang pulis o military sa loob ng kanilang campus para ma-avoid daw ang militarisasyon in the guise of academic freedom daw. Pero hinahayaan nila yung mga komunista na mag-recruit ng mga kabataang menor de edad sa loob ng kanilang paaralan.”
In Translation: They have a policy there that neither police nor military members are allowed to go inside campuses. Their reason is for the school to avoid militarization in the guise of academic freedom. But, they are allowing communists to recruit minors inside their schools.
The reason why Senator Bato wants the police and military to indoctrinate students is for their own safety, too.
Senator Bato Dela Rosa said that there is a huge imbalance of favors to government schools like the University of the Philippines (U.P.) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (P.U.P.) towards the leftists.
In U.P., there is a granting that’s happening between the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and the Department of National Defense (DND) in place that halts both police and military forces from the campus without authorization from the university administration.
Malaki ang imbalance ng pagpapabor, favored towards the left itong pag-iisip ng ibang mga eskwelahan na ito. Lalong-lalo na itong mga eskwelahan na gobyerno like PUP and UP, dapat hindi ganito. They are using government resources and yet they are producing enemies of the state.”
In Translation: There is a huge imbalance in favoritism favored towards the left; that’s how some schools think of it. Especially in government schools like the PUP and the UP, it shouldn’t be like this. They are using government resources and yet they are producing enemies of the state.
Indoctrination of left-learning organizations
In order for the indoctrination of the leftists to be countered, Senator Bato said that if a law was in place to allow both the police and military to indoctrinate students, there will be lesser and lesser students who will go missing.
Because of the counter indoctrination by the police force, the leftists will be forced not to spread their practices in any particular school.
Makipag-usap [sila] sa mga bata. Kung anong indoctrination na ginagawa ng mga komunista doon sa loob, dapat merong indoctrination din yung maka-gobyerno para pantay, magkakaroon tayo ng race.”
In Translation: They should talk to the youth. Whatever type of indoctrination communists are doing inside schools, the government should also have indoctrination so it’s fair; we will have a race.
Do students automatically become members of the NPA if they join left-wing organizations?
Teddy Casiño, former Bayan Muna party-list representative, said that students do not automatically become members of the NPA if they join left-wing organizations like the Anakbayan.
Malinaw sa charters ng mga ‘yan ay ang nire-recruit nila ay mga kasapian nila para ipaglaban ang iba’t ibang isyung pang-estudyante at pambayan. Ngayon, if it so happens na yung ilang kasapian nila ay nagdesisyon na magrebelde at mamundok, ibang usapin yun.”
In Translation: It is clear in the charters that those recruits were recruited so they can fight for student-driven and country issues. Now, if it so happens that their recruits decide to be rebels and live in the mountains, that’s a different story.
However, Senator Bato Dela Rosa said that Casiño is only making excuses about the recruits. He said that what Casiño saying is just an excuse so they won’t have a bad image to the people.
Bato said that there should be a law that would allow police and military to indoctrinate students so that these NPAs would be lessened. More so, there should be a law about joining these groups.
Lalong-lalo na itong teachers na alam natin na ginagago ang mga estudyante natin na ayaw nilang pag-graduate-in, papasahin sa kanilang subjects kung hindi sumali sa immersion.”
In Translation: Especially these teachers that we know make a fool out of students. They won’t let them graduate and the only way they can pass subjects is if they join immersions.
What do you think about the law that Senator Bato is proposing? Do you think that allowing the police and military to indoctrinate students would be helpful in the current situation?