DILG to raise ‘clandestine recruitment’ by CPP-NPA in meet with UP

CALOOCAN CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it intends to raise the matter of alleged continued “clandestine recruitment” by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its front organizations of University of the Philippines (UP) students in a meeting this week.

“Upon the request of UP, we are open to a meeting. Kailangan na talaga nating umupo at mag-usap dahil sa dami ng mga pagbabago, pangyayari at problema sa UP,” said DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.

The DILG is set to meet with UP officials this week to review their 1992 agreement, plus a host of other peace and order concerns.

“The bottomline is, and will always be, to ensure peace and security in the students and faculty of UP,” Malaya added.

He said the reported CPP recruitment was the reason cited by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when the Department of National Defense (DND) abrogated the UP-DND agreement.

To recall, the 1992 UP-DILG agreement was signed by then UP President Jose Abueva and then DILG Secretary Rafael M. Alunan III after the enactment of Republic Act No. 6975 which effectively transferred the country’s police force from the DND to the DILG.  The Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police, now Philippine National Police (PNP), was formerly under DND.

Since the police was transferred from the DND to the DILG in 1991, both parties signed the UP-DILG Agreement in 1992 with essentially the same contents as the 1989 UP-DND agreement.

Under both agreements, prior notification shall be given by a commander of an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) or PNP unit intending to conduct any military or police operations in any of the UP campuses. They shall not also be allowed to enter the premises of the campuses without coordination with UP administration except in hot pursuit cases and similar occasions of emergency, or in ordinary transit through UP premises. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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