Bukidnon youths open letters : asking Reds to surrender

Bukidnon youths open letters : asking Reds to surrender

In the age of the internet, writing letters seems to be a thing of the past, but not to those students in the province of Bukidnon.

Over the weekend, thousands of students have written "open letters" to members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) during the National Training Service Program(NTSP) Symposium for freshmen students at the Bukidnon State University (BukSU). 

Most of the underlying message of the letters is for the NPA to to surrender and grab another chance at life, according to Capt. Ryan Layug, spokesperson of the Army's 403rd Brigade.

One of the many letters written by students during their NTSP Symposium
(photo credit to PNA)

"I was not expecting them to submit letters convincing NPA to come home; I just told them if you were to write a letter to NPA what would you say," Layug said.

Capt. Layug said the young people may still send their messages to the members of the communist NPA through their Facebook Page (403rd Infantry Peacemaker Brigade) "or on a piece of paper."

"I was overwhelmed. I collected over a thousand papers with messages asking them to leave the movement and return home. Our FB Page was also flooded with messages," he said.

One of the letters said that it's not too late for any rebel for a fresh start.

"Dear NPA, it's not too late for change. We will welcome you back here (in our communities)," one of the students' messages read.

"It is also a manifestation of the students’ rejection of the culture of hatred and violence,” according to Brig. Gen. Edgardo de Leon, the Army's 403rd Brigade commander.

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Report from PNA

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