(AUGUST 13, 2019) – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday said he doubts that an increased police presence in schools and universities will curb the alleged recruitment of students by militant groups.
Panelo claimed recruitment by left-leaning groups are often done in secrecy.
“Ang presence ng police can prevent any crime being committed inside the campus, pero recruitment? I dont think na it will solve it. Unang-una, recruitment doesn’t have to be in schools,” Panelo said in a press briefing.
Senator Ronald de la Rosa, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, is pushing for a law enabling intensified police visibility in schools, amid alleged heightened efforts by the left to recruit in educational institutions.
De la Rosa also led a Senate hearing where parents narrated their experiences when their children were allegedly recruited by progressive youth groups.
Panelo said parents should remind their children that the relevance of the leftist ideology has long passed and that they should not “entertain any kind of subversive organizations for their own sake.”
Current PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde in an interview last week called for the review of agreements that deny law enforcers access to state universities.
Albayalde noted that the police had planned to increase their visibility on campuses but some universities were against it. (Randell Ritumalta/JMF)