MANILA - The Metro Manila police on Monday said it hopes to talk with the officials of 18 schools in the region which the military said are being infiltrated by communist rebels.
Military officials said the communist New People’s Army (NPA) are recruiting students to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte this month in a plot dubbed "Red October."
The National Capital Region Police Office, in a meeting late Sunday, agreed with Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Commissioner Prospero De Vera that he should coordinate first with the leaders of the allegedly communist-linked school before police could talk to its leaders.
"Maganda po kasi na ang Ched, sila po iyung magpatawag sa o maghikayat na magkaroon ng dayalogo," NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar told radio DZMM.
"Inaasahan po natin na napakaganda naman ng pagtugon ni Dr. De Vera at hinihintay natin sa mga susunod na panahon ang kaniyang pakikipag-usap sa liderato ng mga unibersidad. Eventually, inaasahan po natin ito pong dayalogo o pakikipag-ugnayan ng PNP sa mga unibersidad," he added.
(It would be good if it's CHED that calls for or urges a dialogue. We expect a good response from Dr. De Vera and we are waiting for his dialogue with the university leaders. Eventually, we expect that the police will also talk or coordinate with the universities.)
Several student leaders have denied the supposed communist activities in their schools.The Commission on Human Rights, meanwhile, warned that red-tagging schools and students may embolden government troops to suppress basic constitutional rights.
Guillermo denied this. "The civil rights of the students are clear. We and the state respect that. But we don't want our youth to be abused because of they are idealistic and emotional," he said.