LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 21 (PIA) -- More than 600 Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) students from the Benguet State University and King's College of the Philippines (KCP) here attended the Campus Peace Development Forum which aims to arm the students with the right knowledge as they participate in national conversation on the prospects of peace and development in the country.
"Lola", a former rebel and member of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and National President of People's Advocacy for Collaboration and Empowerment (PeACE) talked on how the communist terrorist groups (CTGs) recruit students in the different schools.
The targets of infiltration by the CTGs are the students councils, student publication, academic clubs and varsities, other organizations duly accredited by the school. She advised the students from joining organizations that are against the government.
"Your parents send you to school to study and learn, so that you will have bright future and landing on a job or career, it is your responsibility in return to do what is expected of you and not joining organizations that aim to overthrow the government," Lola emphasized.
"I am telling you now the sad and painful experience I have been going against the government. I was mislead and deceived but I realized the wrongdoings I have done, and now I am standing right here in front of you and telling you- Never, never join a group under the CTGs," Lola said.
LtCol. Alan Macatingrao, Group Commander, Tactical Operations, Northern Luzon and organizer of the event, is happy of the turnout of the event and that the ROTC students learned to serve and love our country, and be patriotic.
President Duterte issued in December last year Executive Order 70 establishing a Whole-of-Nation approach in defeating the local communist terrorist groups. The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) was created to synchronize the utilization of the government's instrumentalities of power with the capabilities of private sector stakeholders to finally end the 50-year long deceit, lies and atrocities committed by the communist terrorists against the people.
The whole-of-nation approach gives importance to inclusive and sustainable framework towards attaining peace. (JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR)