PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday gave assurance that all students’ constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of speech and assembly will be fully observed amid the brouhaha created by the Armed Forces’ naming of 18 universities in Metro Manila as having been infiltrated by recruiters from the New People’s Army.
He also described as “very fruitful” the consultation meeting between National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Benigno B. Durana Jr. and the Commission on Higher Education chair Professor Prospero de Vera over the weekend.
De Vera aired his plan to consult with presidents or leaders of different universities not only in Metro Manila but also in other regions to discuss the issue and eventually hold dialogues with them and the PNP leadership.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm my earlier pronouncements about the reported infiltration by front organizations of the leftist underground movement, to radicalize and recruit young students in some state colleges and universities. I felt responsible to forewarn once again my fellow parents and our students of the serious danger it poses to their future,” said Gen. Albayalde in a press briefing at Camp Crame.
However, he reminded school officials to be cautious of the standard practice of the leftist underground movement in exploiting academic freedom, in infiltrating and radicalizing some students to serve their political ends to undermine, destabilize or even overthrow the government.
He said that there is only a very small percentage of reported ‘leftist infiltration’ of universities in the metropolis but they are very much concerned about the welfare of the students.