MANILA — Netizens have urged young Filipinos not to join Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students (LFS), and other youth groups involved in activism.This, after Relissa Lucena, mother of a student recruited by the leftist organization Anakbayan, shared how her daughter changed and eventually…
MANILA — Netizens have urged young Filipinos not to join Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students (LFS), and other youth groups involved in activism.
This, after Relissa Lucena, mother of a student recruited by the leftist organization Anakbayan, shared how her daughter changed and eventually left their home after joining the progressive group.
In his comment at a Philippine News Agency post on the issue on social media, netizen Gilbert Gallardo Magtibay stressed that joining such groups would not do young people any good because what these organizations do are “directionless uprisings”.
Magtibay disclosed that he was also once an activist during his college years. “Asan sila? Lahat nagtatago lang at nabubuhay na parang mga daga sa suluk-sulok ng kabundukan. Tapos ung mga lider nila na nagfi-finance, ang sasarap ng buhay sa ibang bansa at mga naka-aircon. Baka nga pinagtatawanan lang sila ng mga ‘yun,” he added.
Meanwhile, Niña Cayetano Mars shared the story of her former classmate who died in a mountain in Isabela due to malaria after following the lead of a communist group.
“Months after graduation, we visited her wake, sobrang sakit sa nanay niya ang nangyari at nung nakita kami grabe iyak sa amin. Kasabay daw sana namin nakatapos classmate namin na yun kung hindi lang sumapi sa grupo na yan. Ilang buwan na nakalipas hinukay labi niya sa bundok na nakabalot lang sa malong, we saw the pictures, so her coffin was closed during her wake,” Mars said.
Stressing the importance of good communication with the young people, Richard Yap related he was blinded by an organization to “shed his blood and dedicate his life to it and to freeing the country”.
“I have opened my eyes when my father and my teacher in political science told me that if I want to help the society, the government. I have to start helping my family because family is the basic unit of the society as well as the government. So, I got out of it. Hard. Because they will not just let you go. I survived with God’s blessings,” Yap added.
Jinky Jimenez shared that she had a college professor who was a member of Anakbayan and was actively recruiting students like her.
“Binigyan kami ng two options ng logic professor namin para maipasa subject niya. One, mag-aral ng mabuti, ‘yung walang absent, walang late, pasado sa exams at quiz at may recitation. Two, ang sumali sa Anakbayan at mag-conduct ng fact-finding sa isang lugar. Mas pinili ko ‘yung una kase hindi naman ako ganoon ka-bobo para sayangin ang buhay ko na pinaghirapan ng magulang ko. And a year later, he [the professor] was shot dead during his class,” Jimenez said.
In response to Jimenez, netizen JoJo Coronado suggested stopping members of LFS, Anakbayan, Anakpawis, and other groups supporting the National People’s Army, from recruiting students.
Jowell Kip Conales, an alumnus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), said LFS targets college freshmen because they easily say yes to invitations and discussions.
“Nagtuturo sila ng Karl Max and Friedrich Engels then nung nasa listahan na ako na magpunta sa Mindoro sumibat ako. One week akong absent kasi hinahanap ako…makulit kasi sila aabangan sa klase nag-aantay sila sa labas pagkatapos ng subject mo, kukunin nila weekly schedule mo,” he added.
Another PUP alumnus, a certain Argel, said LFS members seemed to have been brainwashed by the NPA because “they are all angry at military men who they label as the true rebels”.
“Ewan ko ba sa presidente ng PUP kung bakit pinapayagan until now ang ganyang kalakaran, sobrang laya wala nang disiplina, nandadamay na ng pamilya…Feeling nila sila na si Jose Rizal at Andres Bonifacio kaya pati magulang binabastos,” Argel added.
Condemning Anakbayan for causing young people to rebel against their parents, Allan Kalan urged his fellow youth to love and obey their parents even just for the sacrifices they have made to raise them up.
“Iyong mga kaibigan nyo or mga kikilala ninyo hindi ‘yan sasalo ng bala para sa inyo pag nasa bundok na kayo. Pero ‘yung magulang ninyo, hindi yan magdadalawang-isip ibigay ang buhay nila kapalit ang buhay ninyo,” Kalan added.
Lauding the government’s drive against communism, Jeh Sabando said it is good that the activities of communists and terrorists, who are masking themselves through the party-list system, are now being exposed.
“Siguro maraming pobreng ina at ama ang hindi man lang makapagsumbong sa takot,” Sabando added.
Last Wednesday, PUP president Emanuel de Guzman assured that professors who require their students to attend protest activities will face charges.
“If proven, administrative cases will be filed against them. They will no longer be qualified to teach in PUP,” De Guzman said in an interview with Philippine News Agency (PNA) on the sidelines of the Senate hearing on missing minors who have been allegedly recruited by organizations with links to the communist movement.
On Sunday, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año assured the parents whose children were recruited by leftist organizations that the government will help them find their children.
He warned parents against the active recruitment of leftist organizations in schools and universities nationwide and urged them to be “involved in guarding their children since these communist-terrorist groups have little to no regard for the lives of the youth”. (PNA)
–By Ma. Teresa Montemayor August 11, 2019, 8:03 pm