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JTF GenSan steps up campaign vs communism, terrorism

Koronadal City (10 November) -- The Joint Task Force (JTF) GenSan bolstered its campaign on anti-communism and terrorism among selected public secondary schools students here in a bid to keep them away from the influence of communist rebels and terrorists.

Composed of civil military officer (CMO) personnel, members of the speaker's bureau, Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) and K-9, the team held a series of symposia with students and their teachers as participants.

The symposia were successfully conducted at three secondary schools, namely: Upper Labay High School participated by six teachers and 278 students on October 14; AG Busano Sr High School participated by nine teachers and 600 students on October 15; and Johnny Ang National High School, Katangawan participated by 120 students on October 22.

Capt. Amerego B. Cope, PA, the unit CMO Officer and teamleader, said the purpose of the symposium was to "create awareness among the youth and students about the CTM threats and forms of terrorism, so that they be vigilant in warding off terrorists away from their respective communities and discourage would be terrorist from doing so."

The activity, according to him "also intends that they (youth) become partners of the AFP in countering CTM propaganda and recruitment efforts among the youths and students."

Cope discussed to the students the Strategies and Ills of Communism as well as how the communist rebels infiltrate the Youth and Students.

The symposium was followed by a documentary film showing the campus infiltration by the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing the New People's Army (CPP-NPA) which was edited by Chito Herbolingo.

Afterwhich, the EOD personnel and K-9 handlers headed by TSG Manuelito Bandojo (OS), PA, lectured on Counter Terrorism.

The EOD personnel introduced to the students the different types of ordnance and ammunition, basic information on improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and effects of the explosives.

The lecture was also followed by a practical exercise regarding the dos and don'ts involved in detecting suspected IED items and the capability of K-9 dog to detect such an item.

Cope said the teachers particularly the students were very attentive during the activity sessions and expressed how important the lectures were to them as students growing up into adulthood.

"We were lucky enough to have military instructors who could spare our students information regarding communist infiltration and terrorists threats," Cope told PIA SarGen quoting a teacher participant as saying. (PIA SarGen/JTF GenSan/PIA 12) [top]

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