Military to intensify anti-NPA info drive in metro schools


    THE Armed Forces is due to conduct more anti-communist information drive in schools in Metro Manila, including those that have been tagged by the military as recruitment hubs of the New People’s Army.

    “We not seeing any reason why they would not welcome us since we are going there just to inform them (of the NPA deception), and we are going there in an orderly manner,” said 1Lt. Arrianne Bichara, public affairs officer of the AFP’s Joint Task Force-National Capital Region.

    Bichara said JTF-NCR, in coordination with the NCR Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and other stakeholders, has been holding information drive in schools over the past weeks but not in schools tagged as NPA recruitment hubs like the University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and University of Sto. Tomas.

    Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, in 2018 when he was AFP deputy chief of staff for civil military operations, said dozens of colleges and universities in Metro Manila — including UP, PUP and UST — were serving as NPA recruitment hubs.

    Bichara said the military is coordinating with the colleges and universities for the conduct of the information drive to expose the deception of the communists.

    “This information and education campaign aims to enlighten the youth. Parents and teachers become more aware and vigilant on the deceptive recruitment scheme of the CTGs (communist terrorist groups),” said Bichara.

    Among the topics being discussed in the information drive are national security threats, communist infiltration of schools, exploitation of the youth sector, and preventive measures against NPA recruitment, said Bichara.

    “We’ll be arranging (information drives) in these schools, with the help of the local government units … we will arrange it so that our entry (to the school) will be peaceful. We’re not going to violate laws or policies of the schools,” he said.