Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet: The communist New People’s Army (NPA) is reportedly using students of the Tanulong Elementary School in Sagada, Mountain Province to spread their cause and explain the things they do in the mountainous region.
Benguet Police Regional Director Isagani Nerez said that the ploy was discovered after the some Grade 6 students reported finding copies of the Ang Bayan, the NPA’s official publication at the schoolroom doors on January 15, the day that Pope Francis arrived in the country.
He added that there were two sets of the Ang Bayan pamphlets, which discussed government corruption in relation to the super typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation efforts and the presence of the US Military in the Philippines.
A pamphlet titled Bagong Hukbong Bayan justified the ambush of the 54th Infantry Battalion soldiers on November 30, 2014, killing two soldiers. Nerez described the ambush as treacherous because it was directed at a non-combat unit that did nothing but conduct a Youth Leadership Summit at the Sagada National High School.
The communist reading materials also reportedly discussed how the energy sector is run as a moneymaking venture in the country.
Nerez said the act of distributing rebel campaign and propaganda materials in schools and using schoolchildren as channels to advance the communist causes violate the Declaration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“The documents left by the NPA’s reflects their weakening supremacy.
They also tried to confuse the public by claiming that the Peace Zone is a misnomer and counter-revolutionary,” he added.
The people of Sagada in Mt. Province earlier condemned the killing aside from staging an indignation rally against the NPA.
“Their cowardly act showed that they are afraid of their own agitation, organizing and mobilization operations, which targets the youth sector,” Nerez also said.