Stuents of Isabela State University - Cauayan Campus join in the Campus Peace and Security Forum
spearheaded by the Philippine Airforce - Tactical Operations Gorup 2. (PIA photo)
CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela, Sept. 21 (PIA) - - As part of the effort to educate and keep the students vigilant on the recruitment activities of the red groups, the Philippine Air Force - Tactical Operations Group 2 (PAF-TOG2) spearheaded the conduct of a Campus Peace and Security Forum at the Isabela State University this city.
Lieutenant Colonel Randy G. Buena, group commander, said the forum which was participated in by over a thousand of tertiary students aimed at informing them the different activities of left-leaning organizations taking into consideration their vulnerability to be persuaded to join the communist terrorist groups.
Major General Pablo M. Lorenzo, commander of the 5th Infantry Battalion based in Gamu, Isabela, also presented the tactics of the left-leaning organizations in recruiting students to join street rallies against the government and eventually teaching them to engage armed conflicts versus the states' troops.
"You have to focus on your studies and pursue your dreams in life. Never attempt to join the left leaning groups as they will just destroy your studies, your life and your families," Lorenzo said.
Oliver T. Baccay (the writer), information center manager of the Philippine
Information Agency (PIA) -Cagayan Information Center, discusses to the
youth-participants responsible sharing of information and PCOO's
'dismiss disinformation' campaign during the forum. In his talk, he also
highlighted how young netizens turned victims of fake news proliferation.
(MDCT/PIA-2 File Photo)
A former rebel, known as "Lola", shared how she became a member of the New Peoples' Army (NPA) and her experiences in the mountains to include armed conflict with government forces for several years.
"At first, they will befriend you. They will offer a helping hand in your studies and assistance in your problems. And if they won your trust, they will slowly inflict in your minds the negative things in the government until you will be persuaded to join them," Lola said.
She also discussed the deceptive tactics of the left-leaning and progressive groups in recruiting young targets, especially in schools.
She said the commanders or the guerillas of the NPA do not go down to recruit, instead they use progressive groups to conduct massive recruitments on the ground.
For his part, Reymel Resposo, youth development officer of Isabela province, discussed the province's different programs for the development of youths' skills and capabilities to prevent them from joining any anti-government activities.
He also discussed how important are the roles of the youth in nation-building and societal development. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)