23IB, Religious Sector Conducts Info Drive for SDA Youth in AgNor

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte- The 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB) and the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church worked together for the conduct of Situational Awareness Knowledge Management (SAKM) for the SDA youth from April 18 to 24, 2021 at the SDA Church in Jamboree Site, Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte located near the headquarters of the unit in Barangay Alubihid.

Around one hundred thirty (130) youth members of SDA joined the said six-day “All-in-One FCamp 2021” initiated by the Masigasig Battalion ang the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

The 23IB troopers, during the activity, facilitated a lecture and open forum activity that enlightened the SDA youth members on the recruitment strategies and deception tactics of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), and its political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF). The participants also watched a film that depicts real experiences of youth and other sectors victimized by the CPP-NPA-NDF. The intervention of the 23IB during the youth activity was led by Capt. Roel T. Maglalang, the civil-military operation (CMO) officer of the unit.

A former rebel from 23IB, Kuya Amats, also enlightened the youth on his experiences and hardships while inside the rebel movement. Hel also encouraged the participants to strive hard in their studies for their future. He asked them to be vigilant, especially in schools, from the recruitment of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

“Nagdako ko nga usa ka relihiyoso nga pagka tawo ug mahadlokon ko sa Ginoo. Nag serbisyo ug nagpabilin kong matinud-anon sa Simbahan ug halos didto nako mo puyo kada adlaw. Dako kog pagrespeto sa tanan katawhan labaw na sa akong mga ginikanan lakip na sa gobyerno. Wala ko mag dahom nga mailad pa ko sa propaganda sa walhong grupo. Ilang gigamit ang akong kamahadlukon sa Ginoo kay dili lang kuno taman sa esperituhanong pagserbisyo ang rason nga nabuhi ko sa kalibutan tungod kay wala nay lain mo dapig sa mga kabus ug nilupigan kon dili kami nga nasayod sa kamatuoran. Tungod niana, na engganyo sab ko nga serbisyohan ang mga kabus ug nilupigan pinaagi sa pag bibit ug armas ug pag pakigbatok sa gobyerno. Sulod sa pila ka tuig nako sulod sa kalihukan, wala gyod koy nakitang katarong nga gibuhat sa armadong NPA, apan ang mga kabus mao pa gani ang kanunay nilang daog-daugon ug pangayoan ug pagkaon ug pugsanong pangilkilan ug butaw. Looy kayo ang mga katawhan labi na sa mga hilit nga lugar kay mapugos nalang ug hatag sa ilang mao-mao nga hinaguan kay mahadlok man sila patyon kung dili sila makahatag sa pangayoon sa mga NPAs. Sukwahi ang ilang saad nga tabangan ang mga kabus ug nilupigan. Ako ang buhing nagpamatood nga dautan ang binuhatan sa ilang grupo ug dili angay magpailad sa ila,” Kuya Amats said.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Commanding Officer of 23IB expressed gladness that another batch of youth was educated regarding the true agenda of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

“The Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) have been recruiting members and they are targeting the innocent youths, regardless if they are students or out-of-school youth. We want to stop the recruitment as long as possible so that there will be no more lives that will be wasted. May there be no more youths who will be fooled again by the CNTs especially the youths that have been faithfully serving God with their clear purpose. We are so glad that we’re given a chance to share our mission with the religious group so that they can also help us spread and prevent the rampant CNT recruitment,” Paulo said.

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