Oct 1, 2020

Anti-communism symposium for youth held in Palawan

Capt. Jordan Mijares of 3rd Marine Brigade holds a series of anti-communism symposia for the youth in different public schools in Puerto Princesa City. (Photo courtesy of 3rd Marine Brigade)

A series of anti-communism symposia for the youth is being conducted by the 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBde) in different public schools in Puerto Princesa City.

Captain Jordan Mijares, 3MBde civil military operations officer, said Tuesday they are focusing their efforts on the youth because they are vulnerable to the recruitment of the communist movement.

“Kasi sila ang papasok sa college, sila ang magiging vulnerable sa mga left-leaning organizations kaya ngayon palang kailangan ma-equip na sila ng kaalaman upang malabanan nila ang mga matatamis na sasabihin sa kanila ng mga grupo na ito,” he said.

Mijares said students should be aware of what left-leaning organizations they will encounter during their college years.

students participating in the discussion

“Yan ang process ng recruitment, nagmumula sa school dahil ire-recruit ka at io-organize kayo capitalizing ‘yong mga certain issues. I-stir ‘yong damdaming makabayan mo dahil makabayan daw sila. Magra-rally kayo dahil sa mga problema ng paaralan nila o ng bansa, and then kunwari mag-e-immersion kayo sa isang lugar at pag-gising mo isang araw part ka na ng New People’s Army (NPA). Through that nado-doktrinahan ka na ng communist idealism nagiging radical ‘yong bata,” he said.

“Unknowingly, ang mga magulang na naghihirap mag-trabaho para magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan ang mga anak nila walang nalalaman sa kung ano ang nangyayari sa mga anak nila. Ang mga bata akala nila rally-rally lang part lang ng pagiging college nila pero nara-radicalize na sila hanggang sa dahan-dahan hanggang huli na ang lahat,” Mijares added.

Other Marine units are also conducting the same symposium in the southern and northern areas of the province, he also said.

Mijares said the military will not allow terrorists to destroy the image of Palawan as “the country’s last frontier and the best tourism destination in the world”.

“That is why it is deceptive recruitment. And it must be stopped. It must. Let’s save our youth. Kaya nag-e-effort kami na mag-ikot sa buong probinsya para sa level pa lang nila as senior high school ay ma-equip na sila ng kaalaman para labanan ang mga matatamis na panghihikayat na maaari nila madatnan pagtungtong sa kolehiyo,” Mijares added.

He also called on members of the NPA to surrender and return to the mainstream society.

Rebel returnees will get benefits packages from the government under its Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

“Sa Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program ng ating pamahalaan ay may pagkakataon na maka-avail ng pabahay ang ating mga kababayan na naloko ng teroristang grupo na ito, may livelihood program para sa kanila. Hindi po namin gusto na magkikita kami sa taas ng bundok at mag-patayan. Kaya kami po ay nananawagan sa mga natitira pa na huwag matakot at magbalik loob na sa pamahalan. Nandito po ang pamahalaan at ang inyong AFP para tumulong sa inyo,” Mijares said.

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