SENATOR GO: Student activists brainwashed to hate government
For resumption of talks with Reds;
against revival of anti-subversion law
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Student activists are brainwashed by leftist groups to hate the government, according to Senator Bong Go who expressed concern over students recruited by front organizations of the communist movement.
Go said the government should give focus on the recruitment and influence by these groups on the students.
‘’Nabi-brainwash ‘yung mga bata sa eskwelahan pa lang at nagkakaroon ng galit sa gobyerno. ‘Yun ang dapat tingnan nang mabuti,’’ said Go as reports said the activist students end up members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP).
Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon, a former Justice Secretary, however said ‘’mere membership in any organization is a not crime.’’
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In a bid to end the country’s five-decade old communist insurgency, the government has an off-and-on talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the country’s leftist organizations. The last of the talks, under the current administration, was cancelled by President Rodrigo Duterte as the NPAs conducted attacks on government troopers despite the ongoing peace talks.
Go, Duterte’s former special assistant before winning a Senate seat in the 2016 polls, said he favors resumption of the peace talks.
The best way to deal with the communist insurgency is through peace talks, said Go.
Go also said he is not in favor of proposals to revive the Anti-Subversion Law, which would criminalize membership in communist movement.
The military said several party-list groups are front organizations of the CPP/NPA/NDF combine.
Officials defer in views on the revival of the Anti-Subversion Law.
Favoring the law, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ano said the Anti-Subversion Law could end the communist insurgency.
Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and current chairman of the Senate national defense committee, said he is not inclined to favor its revival.
I favor the resumption of peace talks instead of reviving the anti-subversion law, said Go.