Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), dared the politicians who support the New People’s Army (NPA) to let their own children go to the mountains and far-flung areas of the country to fight government troopers.
“To the congressmen who are the protectors of the leftist groups, if you indeed believe that this ideology is good, I challenge you to let your children go uphill and teach them,” said Danao.
Danao made the statement amid the raging debate, especially in the social media, about communist insurgency that was triggered when Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana unilaterally abrogated the agreement with the University of the Philippines to have the military coordinate first before its personnel could enter any of its campuses.
The social media bashing further intensified when Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, commander of the Southern Luzon command and spokesman for a government task force against communist insurgency, tagged some universities in Metro Manila as recruitment grounds of the NPA. The universities are the Ateneo de Manila University, the De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, and the Far Eastern University. The four schools issued a joint statement denying the allegation and condemning the allegation of Parlade.
Danao explained that since some politicians, particularly the members of the Makabayan Bloc at the House of Representatives, have been defending the NPA, their children should be at the forefront of the armed conflict against the government for them to feel what it is like to lose children.
“This is what you want? Imagine even your own children you want them dead to offer them as sacrifice for this senseless organization,” said Danao.
He said the aggressive government action against communist insurgency is meant to protect the youth from the NPA recruitment, those who were recruited would end up dead or arrested after military and police operations.
“Are we going to wait for them to kill more before we will? It’s high time for us to be awaken so that you would know what kind of group this is,” said Danao.