Ex-CPP front leader warns anew vs. Reds’ recruitment

June 9, 2022 People's Tonight 144 views

By Lade Jean Kabagani

June 9, 2022, 5:49 pm

Mae “Ka Loren” Garcia, former NPA member and student organizer for the League of Filipino Students. (Screengrab from SMNI’s Laban Kasama ang Bayan)

MANILA – A former New People’s Army (NPA) member and also a high-ranking official of Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) legal front organization warned the public anew against the communists’ recruitment of youth, especially students, into the armed revolution.

During Thursday’s episode of SMNI’s Laban Kasama ang Bayan, Mae “Ka Loren” Garcia, said a student can be recruited into armed revolution through the communist underground organizations.

Garcia, who was also a former youth and student organizer for the League of Filipino Students (LFS), lamented that legal front organizations are being used to introduce the communist doctrines to the students and later on they will be recruited to become NPA members.

She was then a student when she was enticed to join the CPP-NPA’s legal front organization.

Like any other NPA members who surrendered, Garcia said she also went through the CPP-NPA’s Maikling Kurso sa Lipunan at Rebolusyong Pilipino (MKLRP).

She noted that the MKLRP is designed to brainwash the new recruits, particularly the activist students.

It also serves as the initial path for armed revolution.

“Kapag napalalim na kayo ng doktrina at kung anu-ano pang kurso na binibigay sa inyo ng mga komunista at natanggap niyo iyan, balang araw wala talagang babagsakan iyan kundi ang pagiging NPA. Iyon ang pinakamali doon. Pwede naman tayong tumulong sa bayan natin sa pamamagitan ng mapayapang pamamaraan hindi sa armadong pakikibaka (After getting indoctrinated by the movement and with other courses propagandized by the communist, once you accepted then one day you will end up being an NPA. That’s the worst mistake there. You can help our country in peaceful manner, not by armed revolution),” she said.

Garcia cited there are some courses in the MKLRP that advocate good things such as human fellowship and fighting for the protection of the underprivileged, but it does not really justify the need to go to the mountains and become an NPA.

“Kasi ang sabi sa amin tumulong ka sa masa, pero ang maling-mali talaga na nakita ko doon ay yung humawak ka ng armas, labanan mo ang gobyerno at ibagsak ang gobyerno mo. Hindi na po pagtulong yun (They told us to help the masses, but the real mistake I saw there was that you hold firearms, fought the government and aim to overthrow your government. That’s not helping anymore),” Garcia added.

She urged the youth to be vigilant against the organizations that are being used in the recruitment for the communist armed revolution.

“Huwag na kayong gumaya pa sa amin na magpapa-recruit at malinlang ng CPP-NPA-NDF (Don’t follow in our footsteps by allowing the CPP-NPA-NDF recruit and deceive us),” she said.

Garcia concluded that if the CPP-NPA-NDF will revert to a non-violent revolution, “no lives should have been wasted.”

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The Anti-Terrorism Council also formally designated the NDF as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and separate part” of the CPP-NPA that was created in April 1973. Philippine News Agency