By NITZ ARANCON
POLICE director for northern Mindanao Rafael Santiago ordered officers to keep an eye on schools in an effort to keep the New People’s Army (NPA) away from students in Region 10.
Brig. Gen. Santiago’s directive was for all provincial and city police directors to monitor colleges and universities in Region 10, and for them to see if the NPA has been recuiting students.
Santiago however said Camp Alagar has no information about students in the region being recruited by the NPA. But he said that is a possibility given that the rebel group has been recruiting students in campuses elsewhere in the country.
He said he also ordered the various police offices in the region to secure students.
“That is one of our priorities… to give security service to our children,” he said.
Camp Alagar said the police units have been ordered to make comprehensive counter-action plans the moment they confirm that NPA recruiters have infiltrated schools in the region.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa, Camp Alagar spokesman, claimed that the NPA tried to recruit him when he was still a student.
The NPA, according to Hortillosa, used the underdevelopment of his barangay in the attempt to convince him into joining the rebel group.
“Kon misugot pako sa ilang pag-recruit sa ako, wala na nako ma-coronel karon ug basin patay pa pud tingali ko karon,” Hortillosa said.