NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Major General Vicente D. Danao Jr. said the possible presence of some groups and personalities in Metro Manila enticing children to go to schools to learn of New People’s Army teachings and advocacies is also a concern they are trying to address.
“It’s one area of concern we’re looking at present but since there are no face-to-face classes in Metro Manila under the new normal, I think there’s none here at present. But we can’t discount the possibility that they (NPA) will entice the youth to join them,” said the Metro Manila police director.
According to Danao, ongoing efforts of the communist movement to recruit Filipino youths into their ranks is one of the reasons why they are visiting different barangays in the metropolis and talking with village leaders, parents and other members of the community.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Debold M. Sinas earlier said President Rodrigo Duterte had instructed him to rescue children who are being ‘forcibly deceived’ by the CPP/NPA to go to so-called Salugpungan schools in some parts of the country.
“The President’s instruction is to recover these children and return them to their parents in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” the PNP chief said.
No to use of word ‘Lumad’
Government, military and police officials have been told to refrain from using the word ‘Lumad’ to describe members of Mindanao indigenous tribes amid revelations it has been used by the NPA to advance their teachings among poor tribesmen living in geographically-isolated and disadvantaged areas in the region specifically in Southern Mindanao.
The underground movement, security and intelligence officials said, has established the so-called ‘Lumad Mindanao and now ‘Kalumaran’ as their open organization in the region, taking advantage of the poor and impoverished tribesmen’s lack of education to pounce on the poor governance issue.
This has prompted Sinas to instruct all 17 police regional directors and the PNP intelligence community to monitor the presence of suspected NPA recruitment schools and undertake efforts to recover the children.
He also ordered his men to go all-out against persons and groups recruiting or enticing minors including those belonging to indigenous tribes in Mindanao to join the NPA, in the process separating them from their parents, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Duterte also instructed the PNP to arrest all those responsible for the recruitment or in enticing minors to join underground leftist groups specifically the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
The President also ordered the PNP to rescue the victims of rebel recruitment and bring them back to their respective parents. Top target of the presidential order are those behind the activities of so-called ‘Salugpungan’ schools.
Duterte instructed the PNP to file necessary charges against the perpetrators and to follow-up cases that have been previously filed. At the same time, he wants the PNP to identify all local officials and businessmen supporting the rebel group.
The Presidential directive came after police and social welfare officers rescued 19 indigenous tribe children from Talaingod, Davao del Norte inside a retreat house of the Jesuit-run University of San Carlos in Talamban, Cebu City two weeks ago.
Latest police reports showed the parents of one of the rescued children are NPA members based in Davao Region.
The DSWD last week denied a request from Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago and her group to get custody of one of the rescued children in Cebu City. Police Regional Office 7 (PRO7 ) director, Brigadier Gen. Ronnie S. Montejo said the child should be under DSWD while she and the capacity of the person who will take custody of her are being evaluated.
Montejo claimed the 19 children they rescued inside the San Carlos Retreat House were undergoing training to become future ‘New People’s Army warriors.’
He said the rescue operation was conducted after six parents of the children from Talaingod, Davao del Norte, accompanied by local officials sought their assistance.
Montejo said they were informed by the kids’ parents their children were taken by members of the Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanogon without their knowledge and consent. The six parents were accompanied by two tribal leaders and personnel of the Talaingod Municipal Social Welfare and Development in going to Cebu City.
Seven persons, believed to be members of the communist front Salugpungan Schools shut down by the government in 2019, were arrested for bringing the children from Talaingod to Cebu City without the consent of their complaining parents.
The seven were inquested in Davao del Norte by the PNP Women and Children Protection Center-Visayas Field Unit before the Davao del Norte Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for kidnapping with serious illegal detention, violation of the anti-child abuse law, child exploitation and human trafficking via video teleconference from the PRO7 office.Publication Source : People's Tonight