MANILA - Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan on Thursday said there is no "Caloocan City College" as claimed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The non-existent school was tagged by the military as among the recruitment grounds of communist rebels for the supposed "Red October" plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
"Walang City College of Caloocan, walang ganun. University of Caloocan lang," he told radio DZMM.
According to its website, University of Caloocan City was originally known as Caloocan City Community College and later became a polytechnic college. It converted to a university in 2004.
The AFP earlier said communists were recruiting and "inciting" in 18 Metro Manila colleges and universities.
The military said the communists were trying to project Duterte as the new dictator through film showings.
Malapitan denied this was being done at the University of Caloocan City. He also belied supposed recruitment efforts by communists.
"Walang katotohanan ho yun," he said.
(There is no truth to that.)
"Walang nagrerecruit dun sa University of Caloocan. Kung meron man, ako ho ang mangunguna para alamin at ma-pinpoint," he added.
(No one is recruiting at the University of Caloocan. If there is, I would be the first one to inquire and find out about it.)
Several Metro Manila schools included in the military's list have also condemned the alleged "red-tagging" of students.