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Army Continues Fight vs NPA on child recruitment


IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon August 29 -To prevent youth from being recruited by the CPPNPA terrorist groups and left-leaning organizations, the 8th Infantry (Dependable) Battalion visited and interacted with Senior High School students of Bangcud National High School and Malaybalay City National High School to conduct Information Drive last 28 August 2019.

During the Peace Forum arranged by the faculty members and the Army, the military troopers enthusiastically answered questions from students on how to prevent them [students] from being recruited by the CPP-NPA. They also informed the students of the programs being offered by the government to those who want to surrender to the government and start over a new life.

Schools are being used as breeding grounds of CPP-NPA and its left-leaning organizations’ recruitment and the students become the victims, as proved by the revelations from former rebels who turned their backs on the CPP-NPA and surrendered to the folds of the law and testified against them [terrorist organization].

One of the students said “ After kong marinig yung explanation, narealize ko na wala palang magandang intention ang CPP-NPA. Tapos yung mga party lists na akala namin ay para sa masa, ginagamit lang pala nila para maka-recruit.” ( After I heard the explanation, I realized that indeed the CPP-NPA has no good intentions toward us [students]. And the party lists that we thought are for the masses are only used to recruit us.)

“We, the Philippine Army, is serious in our fight against the CPP-NPA terrorist group and its left-leaning organizations. We do not want our children to waste their lives being one of the victims of the terrorist group. We will do everything we can to prevent them from being deceived by the group”, LTC Ronald M Illana, Commanding Officer of the unit said.

The Philippine Army will continue its efforts to inform the community of the deceptions of the CPP-NPA and its left-leaning organizations to force them to join in their ill-willed intentions and destroy the lives of the innocent.

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