By Hannah Torregoza
In order to counter the brainwashing activities of left-leaning groups in state universities and college (SUCs) campuses, lawmakers should pass a law allowing members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to conduct their own form of “indoctrination” within schools.
Neophyte Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa offered this suggestion, saying he is considering such policy to ensure that students are also made aware of the government’s advocacies.
“Meron kasi silang polisiya, ang mga paaralan na ito, which is very detrimental on the part of the government/state… na bawal daw pumasok ang mga pulis o military sa loob ng kanilang campus para ma-avoid ang militarisasyon (These schools have policies which are very detrimental on the part of the government or state, saying the police and military should be prohibited inside their campuses to avoid militarization,” Dela Rosa said in an interview over Dobol B sa GMANews TV.
“So in the guise of academic freedom daw hinahayaan nila ang mga komunista na magrecruit ng mga kabataang menor de edad sa loob ng kanilang paaralan (They let the communists recruit minors inside their school premises),” he pointed out.
Dela Rosa said this creates a huge imbalance in favor of leftist groups that roam around and are able to penetrate campuses to share their ideologies.
“Itong pagiisip ng ibang eskwelahan na ito lalo na ang mga gobyernong eskwelahan like PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) at UP (University of the Philippines) dapat hindi ganun (These schools, especially government schools like PUP and UP, should not think that way),” the former PNP chief said.
“They are using government resources and yet they are producing enemies of the state so dapat macorrect ito (so this must be corrected),” he pointed out.
In particular, Dela Rosa said members of the police community relations group or the military’s civilian-military unit, should be given access to the campuses and be allowed to also talk to students.
“Mas legal ang ating government instrumentalities so dapat bigyan din ng kalayaan ang ating kasundaluhan at kapulisan na makipaghalubilo, magbigay ng kuro-kuro sa mga estudyante sa loob (Our government instrumentalities are more legal, so we should give our soldiers and our policemen some liberty to engage, to provide insights to our students inside),” he said.
“At magkakaroon tayo ng race: kung sinong mas maraming makumbinsi mas maraming ma-recruit na kabataan papunta ba sa NPA o sa militar o pulis? (and this will become a race: who can recruit and convince the most of our youth to join the NPA or the military and police?),” Dela Rosa said.
The senator said the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, which he chairs, will resume their probe on the cases of missing students who allegedly joined left wing groups such as Anakbayan, on Wednesday, August 14.
During last week’s hearing, the former police chief said that based on the data provided by the military, 513 minors allegedly recruited by groups with links to the Communist Party of the Philippines/New Peoples Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) had already been neutralized in the past 20 years.
Some of the parents who were present during the hearing were emotional when they testified how their children went missing after joining leftist groups they met inside their schools. Some of the victims were studying in private schools like Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of the East (UE).
“Paano mo mapwersa, paano mo maeengganyo itong mga makakaliwa na miyembro sa school administration kung walang batas? Patigasan na lang ito sa school administration dahil marami dyan makakaliwa (How can you force, or even engage these members of the left who are part of the school administration if there is no law? Many of the school administration are being obstinate because most of them are leftist),” Dela Rosa pointed out.
“So dapat may batas para pag di sila sumunod sa batas alam nating may kaparusahan lalo na ang mga teacher na alam natin ginagago ang mga estudyante natin na ayaw nilang pagraduation, ayaw nilang ipasa sa kanilang subject sa kanilang kurso kung hindi sumali sa immersion,(So we should craft a law that states if they refuse to follow the law, they will be penalized, especially these teachers whom we believe are just fooling our students, and threatening them that they won’t graduate or they refuse to let them pass a certain subject if they refuse to join immersion activities),” he explained.
“’Yung mga immersion na ginagawa nila papunta sa bundok sa mga armado na NPA ito kalokohan na ito. Dapat mahinto ito (That kind of immersion they conduct, they bring them to mountains together with armed NPAs, that is b*******. This should stop),” the senator stressed.