Two days after Ducielle Cardema took her oath of office on Monday (October 13) to represent the controversial party-list Duterte Youth in Congress, she called for a probe into the alleged recruitment of the New People’s Army (NPA) in educational institutions.

In House Resolution No. 1293 filed on Thursday, Duterte Youth said it wanted to investigate the matter “to finally resolve this most serious issue” for the Philippines’ security and to “protect millions of Filipino youth.”

“The patriotic intention of this investigation is for the Philippine Congress and the Filipino people to finally find out which front organization is recruiting for the New People’s Army, for clearly the NPA has no visible recruitment centers in cities and school and are just using non-NPA-named front organizations to recruit for them,” it claimed.

The agenda of probing youth groups with suspected links to Leftists was an advocacy of its chair and former first nominee, Ronald Cardema, who became controversial for his aggressive stand against the progressive movement when he was youth commission chair.

As the National Youth Commission’s former chairperson, Cardema called on all Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials to “fight” leftist youth groups. He also asked President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an order revoking government scholarships of “rebellious scholars.”

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