PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Army troops have warned students about the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) deceptive recruitment in various schools in North Luzon.
Army Capt. Roberto B. Apelado, acting Civil-Military Operations Officer for the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion based in Aurora Province, highlighted how the CTG infiltrates the education system and uses his deceptive scheme in his recruitment activities in colleges and universities.
Apelado made the announcement during his information awareness campaign at Wesleyan University-Philippines (WU-P) in Maria Aurora, Aurora Province.
“The CTG front was showing videos of human rights atrocities to students, to inspire them to fight against the government, including lectures on issues of poverty, rising tuition fees, among others, to agitate students and even young people living in depressed and isolated areas who are vulnerable to false ideologies due to their innocence,” Apelado said.
He then also warned school administrations and parents about the infiltration of some NPA members into schools and churches.
Major General Andrew D. Castelo, commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division based at Fort Magsaysay with an area of operations in Region 1 and Central Luzon, said awareness raising activities on the Army information on CTG’s deceptive recruitment is essential to the government’s campaign to end the local communist armed conflict in the countryside.
“We are going to be relentless in carrying out these kinds of activities as we know that the CTG primarily targets young people in their deceptive recruitment into schools. That is why we call for everyone’s cooperation if there are CTG activities in their colleges and universities to report them to the school administration or authorities,” Castelo said.
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