By Chito Chavez
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año appealed to the public to protect the country’s freedom from leftist enemies of the state.
Speaking during the 121st Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, Año urged the Filipino people to shun the recruitment efforts of terrorist and leftist groups that only would sow violence and terror in the country.
He specifically urged this call to the youth, indigenous peoples (IPs), and urban poor who are the main recruitment targets of the “enemies of the state’’.
While the country has long been freed from Spanish colonial control, Año said the threat posed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army- National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) still remains.
He noted these enemies of the state are out to deceive the youth and other vulnerable sectors to join them in trampling on the country’s democracy and overthrowing duly-constituted authorities, remains.
“Independence does not only mean liberation from external or foreign manipulation. For the last 50 years, communist terrorist groups have been pounding on the democratic pillars and integrity of the Philippine State and have caused the death of countless innocent civilians and the promising youth,” said Año.
He emphasized that Independence Day also means emancipation from foreign harmful ideologies particularly Marxism–Leninism–Maoism political philosophy that is alien to the democratic Filipino way of life.
Because the communist ideology is a foreign imposition and a proven failed system among countries that adopted it “it must be rejected outright by Filipinos because it would destroy the Philippine society,’’ he said.
He warned the Filipino citizenry not to be “enslaved and blinded” by the communists as well as individuals and groups affiliated to them.
Año specifically called on the youth to shun communist-linked organizations who entice with the false notion that it is where they can demonstrate their nationalism and patriotism.
He also enjoined the indigenous community and the urban poor to continue resisting the communist rebels’ efforts to recruit them.