THE Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) cautioned parents and school officials about left-leaning organizations preying on their students.
“We, therefore, appeal to the parents, and to the schools' officials to be mindful on the whereabouts, activities, and to the organizations that your students or children are joining as an initial and primary step to save our students and children from the deceptive NPA recruitment,” Eastmincom spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ezra Balagtey said.
In Davao Region, they recorded several students who were recruited to join the communist rebellion. He cited Alvin Luque who was a student of Ateneo De Davao when he joined the armed group. Luque is now leading an NPA group in Northeastern Mindanao; Ryan Edpan Cagula a UP Mindanao student, who joined the revolutionary movement and was killed in an encounter in Maasim, Sarangani on November 4, 2014.
Another instance was Prince Wendel Olorfenes, the NPA leader who is responsible for attack in a police station in Mati City on February 14, 2015. Olorfenes was also a student of University of Mindanao (UM) when he was recruited into the group.
He added, “They always do deceptive recruitment in the guise of organizing a legitimate student organization and our schools and students in Eastern Mindanao are not exempted. Unwittingly, these students are being agitated and, eventually, being required to undergo immersion in the armed group before their eventual integration in the NPA organization.”