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Red recruitment in Metro universities

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recently identified a number of universities in the National Capital Region as recruitment centers of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its oxymoronic political arm, the National Democratic Front. They said the CPP concentrates on young, impressionable and gullible college students to join its fight against the duly constituted government of the Philippines, and its replacement with a Maoist state patterned after Red China.

Soon thereafter, many of the identified universities disagreed with the AFP, and even challenged the military to prove their point. They were also against a military crackdown inside their campuses.

The response of the universities was expected because it’s bad for business if a university will actually admit, expressly or tacitly, to being a recruitment center for the communist movement. Responsible parents do not want their children to disregard academics in favor of a radical life that may end anytime in a chance shootout with government troops. They sent their children to school to study and finish college and not to sacrifice their lives in the altar of communism.

That alarm at the possibility of a military crackdown inside university campuses is an over-reaction. It will be foolish for the military to do that considering the expected backlash the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is bound to get should that scenario ever happen.
At best, that over-reaction is an attempt to transfer public attention to the possibility of a military crackdown on university campuses, instead of the existence or red recruitment centers in university campuses.

Raising the “military crackdown” bogeyman is also a clever scheme to associate the soldiers of today to the government troops of the martial law regime under President Ferdinand Marcos.

The universities concerned can denounce the AFP statement, but at the end of the day, it is difficult to conceal the obvious. The military does not even need to prove its point.

Red recruitment exists in university campuses today because that was the strategy the CPP used during the years prior to the proclamation of martial law in the country in September 1972. From experience, the CPP knows this strategy works because college students are at the height of their idealism and this makes them vulnerable to brainwashing by the more experienced communist cadres.

Equally appealing to students is the idea of being at rallies, rather than attending classes and studying for one’s subjects. That isn’t much of a problem when faculty members themselves are also red recruiters or newly red converts, willing to cancel classes in favor of rallies.

Actually, those recruiters or converts joined the faculty not to teach, but to entice students to join the communist movement in its plans to destabilize the State. That is why they don’t really care if they don’t get to do any teaching or if the students don’t get any learning done. Suspending classes meant less work for the red professors and more warm bodies for the anti-government rallies.

The historical record reveals that the numerous anti-government demonstrations in 1971 and 1972 were dominated by college students, supported by sympathetic red professors who did not mind not holding classes over protracted periods.

As it was decades ago, it is not too difficult to spot a communist student or teacher in a university campus.

Many communist youth spend more time for rallies than for school work. They often have failing grades and it takes them more than the usual four years to finish their course, that is, if they even finish at all.

Communists in the faculty often deviate from their course syllabi and lecture instead on the ills of the government. They pretend to be proficient in Pilipino but end up speaking in Taglish, like what Kris Aquino does.

Like their counterparts in the past, today’s campus communists engage in sloganeering and mantras. They can easily organize small, noisy mobs. In most universities, they are the noisy minority.

Their mantras are very predictable. If it isn’t against the martial law regime of President Marcos, it’s against President Duterte who they like to associate with President Marcos.

None of the communist youth today was around during martial law so their dislike for martial law was based only on what they heard about it from other student activists and similarly-minded faculty members. They either do not research on martial law, or confine their readings to anti-Marcos literature recommended by the older communists. Those who cite so-called “facts and figures” simply assume the truth of such information, without even bothering to find out how such purported data had been arrived at in the first place.

They also don’t realize that many of the student activists in the 1970s and the 1980s are now working for foreign companies, or for the same political order they used to oppose when they were students.

Today’s red students and teachers narrow-mindedly assume that all students and professors in the 1970s and the 1980s were against martial law. On that mistaken assumption, they presume that they can speak for all students and professors of that period.

They claim to be advocates of freedom, but they have no tolerance for dissenting views, especially positive views about martial law. That is expected of communists — they have no tolerance for freedom of speech.

Anyone who disagrees with them is either accused of historical revisionism or labelled a fascist.

It is also an open secret among students of contemporary times that some of their classmates have abandoned college to go the boondocks.

The AFP did right in ruling out a military crackdown on university campuses in Metro Manila.

Their revelation on red recruitment in those campuses, however, should not be ignored by those universities. Since most of the identified universities are Christian schools, it is their moral duty to see to it that they do not host recruitment activities of a godless ideology seeking the violent overthrow of the elected government.

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