By Marie Tonette Marticio
CALBAYOG CITY – Over 4,000 students in Calbayog City expressed support for the government’s campaign against illegal drugs and insurgency.
A pledge of support was executed by the students at the Northwest Samar State University (NSSU) here during a symposium dubbed “Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT)” that was organized by the 803rd Maneuver Company of the Eighth Regional Mobile Force Battalion based in Lavezares, Northern Samar.
P/Capt. Marval Diaz, company commander of the 803rd Maneuver Company-RMBF believed that the initiative of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to support the campaign of President Duterte was an effective tool to protect the youth and to educate them about illegal drugs and terrorism that are present in their area of responsibility.
Diaz said that based on their periodic status report, there were child warriors and students recruited and transformed into members of the armed components of the NPA communist-terrorist group in the area.
It can be recalled that a minor was caught during the failed attack against the Municipal Police Station in Victoria, Northern Samar last year.
He also noted that Samar Island was one of the most drug-affected areas in Eastern Visayas.
Diaz added that KKDAT program was in support of Executive Order 70 or the “Whole of Nation Approach Against Insurgency” where “everybody should be included because the youth is one of the vulnerable members of the society.”
“We want to encourage the youth to join the campaign against the drug menace and insurgency. We are focusing in schools because almost all towns under our area except the island municipalities are insurgency-infested,” he disclosed.
Diaz also bared the “Sword and Shield Theory” of the New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (NPA-NDF) and its legal fronts during the event, and answered the participant’s questions on how to avoid “deceptive recruitment.”
“What will happen to us depends on how we decide now as students just like drugs. Just say no and report to us any suspicious activities in your community,” he advised.