Lumad schools will not be bombed: Padilla. Illegal institutions preaching subversion, communism. Rule of law must prevail in our nation: Duterte.

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Following the uproar caused by President Duterte again, the Armed Forces of the Philippines took immediate corrective steps. The clarification was necessary in view of the President’s threat to bombard Lumad Schools.

He was speaking about these schools nurturing seditious elements who spread hatred in Muslim children against the government. However, Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, clarified that he did not mean to bomb schools along with the inmates.

He only meant those institutions that preached hatred and poisoned the minds of children at an early age.

The AFP will not bomb schools, he declared; however, we cannot tolerate those preaching subversion. We will take strict action against illegal educational institutions making rebels out of minors.

Actually, it is important that you speak the language of our dear President. He did mention that, but it does not mean that schools will be bombed even while kids are still there. No, that is not going to happen, he assured.

Padilla was addressing the press conference at Malacanang during the Mindanao Hour briefing. Immediately following the second State of the Nation Address (Sona), Duterte made the statement.

He blamed the Lumad Schools of teaching communism and subversion and he threatened to get rid of them. But, he clarified later that he was referring to illegal schools without proper licenses.

Padilla said that Duterte was oagainst such schools who were spreading subversive ideas in spite of being illegal. The idea, Padilla claimed, was to strongly warn those who were defying the law; that they were also teaching antinational rhetoric was simply unacceptable, he asserted.

The President sent a strong message and we appreciate his comments on the important subject. The rule of law must prevail in all activities in our communities. Hence, people running illegal enterprises must learn to comply with government regulations, Duterte stated.

But, the Armed Forces of the Philippines have no intention to bomb the schools; the rule of law will prevail. We will certainly pursue this issue but in our own way, Padilla explained.

The regulatory role of the Department of Education is to inculcate sound values in our students and society. There may not be any harm in teaching communism in educational institutions; we all studied it.

But, when it influences young minds, you are brainwashing them which is wrong, Duterte stated.

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Umrao Singh
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
Monday, August 14, 2017