By Francis Wakefield
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo Thursday said that the military is currently reaching out to the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), and the Administrators of some of the schools where the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is allegedly recruiting students as part of the “Oust Duterte” plot.
Arevalo made the statement even as he clarified that the list of Metro Manila schools that have been possibly used as venues for arousing, organizing, and mobilizing of students by the CPP-NPA, are still subject of continuing validation.
“Towards this end, the AFP is reaching out to the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), and the Administrators of some of the schools to prevent the said arouse-organize-mobilize scheme of the CPP-NPA,” Arevalo said.
Arevalo also said that they wish to assuage the fear of the people about this recent development, stating the release of the list was not intended to brand those schools as communists.
“In doing this, the AFP wants to create awareness among our people especially parents who were complaining and asking for our help,” Arevalo said.
He explained that they have reports of concerned parents communicating to them their worries about the “brainwashing” activities that their children were subjected to like films showing; video teleconferencing with a terrorist leader like Jose Ma. Sison; and Martial law reenactments during break time of high school students, etc.
“As a good number of us in the AFP are parents ourselves, we join the multitude of parents wary of these creeping indoctrination of their children that tend to draw them into activism and radicalism,” Arevalo said.
“Beware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing. This we caution schools administration and parents about some members of the NPA infiltrating the schools,” he added.
Earlier, AFP Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. Wednesday identified at least 18 schools where the CPP-NPA is allegedly recruiting students as part of their plan to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte from power.
In an interview by reporters, Parlade identified the schools as University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, UP Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Sta. Mesa, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), Dela Salle University (DLSU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), Adamson University, Far Eastern University (FEU), University of the East (UE) Recto and Caloocan, Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), San Beda University, Lyceum, University of Makati, Caloocan City College (University of Caloocan), University of Manila, and Philippine Normal University (PNU).
Parlade also claimed that there is currently an ongoing film showing about the dark years of ML (martial law) in classes to incite students to rebel against the government and incite the resurgence of the First Quarter Storm experience among students, while projecting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) as the new “Marcos”.
Arevalo, at the same time, said the people should not forget that the AFP as an institution is the protector of constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people.