Dela Rosa ‘will interrogate’ 2 ex-NPA members at Senate
MANILA, Philippines — Police chief-turned-senator Ronald “Bato” Del Rosa “will interrogate” two former members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) when they face Wednesday’s resumption of a Senate probe on alleged recruitment of students to the underground movement.
Dela Rosa, chair of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, is spearheading the investigation aimed to “correct” policies in universities that tend to “produce enemies of the state.”
During its first public hearing last week, parents of alleged missing students narrated how their children abandoned their families after joining the leftist groups, further lamenting how some of the students even quit school.
Also during the initial hearing, it was revealed that the alleged recruitment of students was being done inside campuses and that among the groups allegedly involved were Kabataan Party-list, Anakbayan, and League of Filipino Students.
Dela Rosa said that if progressive organizations can freely do those things, then the government should also be able to its own “indoctrination” in schools.
“Meron kasi silang polisiya, ang mga paaralan na ito, which is very detrimental on the part of the government and state… na bawal daw pumasok ang mga pulis o military sa loob ng kanilang campus para ma-avoid ang militarisasyon… they are using government resources and yet they are producing enemies of the state so dapat ma-correct ito,” Dela Rosa said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Mas legal ang ating government instrumentalities so dapat bigyan din ng kalayaan ang ating kasundaluhan at kapulisan na makipag halu-bilo, magbigay ng kuru-kuro sa mga estudyante sa loob,” the neophyte senator added.
For its part, Anakbayan has called Dela Rosa an “utter fool” for picking on students and prodding parents to monitor their children, notably the supposed changes in their behaviors because it could be a sign of their alleged recruitment to communist organizations.
“Bato is an utter fool thinking that children will remain static. Children grow up into mature adults unlike him,” Anakbayan Spokesperson Alex Danday said in a statement on Monday.
“Changing means that we have learned to ask questions, to tell right from wrong, and make our own decisions – something that Dela Rosa has never learned in his 57 years,” he added.
Anakbyan and other leftist groups were invited to attend Wednesday’s hearing after skipping the first hearing last week.
Resource persons and representatives of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Social Welfare Development, Commission on Human Rights, Office of the Solicitor General, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University and University of the East were also invited, as well as parents of the alleged recruited students, to the next hearing.
The second public hearing will also be co-headed by the Senate committee on national defense and security chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson. /kga