By Freddie Lazaro
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – A high ranking army official in Northern Luzon has warned the youth, particularly high school and college students, not to join so-called ‘immersion” activities being offered by front organizations of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Major General Lenard T. Agustin, commander of the Army’s Seventh Infantry Division, said that many ‘immersion’ activities are expected to be launched by New Peopple’s Army (NPA) rebels, through Communist front organizations CFOs), to lure new recruits to be brainwashed, and later forced to join their armed struggle.
“These kinds of activities are organized every summer by Communist terrorist masterminds, especially that the NPA’s foundation anniversary on March 29 is only few days away,” said Agustin.
Instead of joining these activities, Agustin encouraged the students to focus their time and energy to look for summer jobs, involve themselves in sports, join humanitarian and church activities or help their parents in doing house chores to bond with their respective families.
Agustin also called on the parents to monitor the activities of their children this summer.
“Parents should also be aware of these kinds of so-called immersion activities of CFOs that would lead their children to the destructive arm of communist terrorist groups (CTGs). Joining these groups is a waste of time, and destroys bright future of youths and students. If you love your children, please do your part and protect them against the cunning ways of these communist front organizations,” said Agustin.