Student activists are recruited by NPA, says PNP provincial director

October 20, 2009 10:50 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 21 — Negros Oriental Provincial Police Director Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. has called on parents to monitor the activities of their children, saying he believes that young college students are being recruited by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Sr. Supt Marquez call was in reaction to the recent arrest of young suspected activists from Cebu City, suspected to be fresh NPA recruits, at the vicinity of Sitio Pulangyuta, Barangay Mayabon in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental.

The three were identified as Glenn Absin, 22, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, who is currently a Political Science student of the University of Cebu; Karlo Cabahug, 22, from Talamban, Cebu and a student of San Carlos University, and Ma. Carla Alvarico, 22, a nursing graduate of Velez College.

Alvarico admitted she and Rachelle Mae Palang, who was killed along with two other suspected NPA rebels during an encounter with government troops in Dauin, Negros Oriental last year, were classmates at Velez College.

Both are nursing board passers.

Marquez said he will request for a meeting with the regional offices of the police and military intelligence units to discuss the recruitment of young college students to the revolutionary movement.

He said young college students are usually vulnerable and easy to recruit because of their idealistic views and principles.

The police official also said he will request the schools, especially in Cebu, to encourage their students to choose the right organizations to get involved in.

Sr. Supt. Marquez said Alvarico, Absin and Cabahug might have been on an “exposure trip” as part of their recruitment to the NPA.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri, commander of the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion, called on parents to monitor the whereabouts of their children.

He noted that Alvarico, Absin and Cabahug, while claiming to be just visiting Zamboanguita, carried with them unusual items for a regular excursion.

Lt. Col. Neri said among the things recovered from the personal belongings of the three young people were “subversive” documents.

Other items also recovered from Pulang Yuta where the three were apprehended were rain boots, rain coats, nylon ropes, medical paraphernalia and medicines, and instant food stuffs.

The military also later recovered a backpack soaked in “human blood”, a .357 caliber revolver and five rounds of live ammunition.

The arrest of the three came after reports that armed men and unidentified personalities who are not from the area have been monitored recently there, Neri said. (PNA) FFC/jfp/MA

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