National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairperson Ronald Cardema suggested that scholarship should be removed from students who are joining demonstrations against the government.
Cardema, who’s also the leader of ‘Duterte Youth’ said that ‘militants’ don’t deserve to receive a scholarship from the government.
According to him, President Rodrigo Duterte has the right to replace the militant students by people who are more ‘patriotic’ to receive a free education.
The Youth group leader also pointed out that student activists are only wasting the scholarship they received by joining rallies against the government.
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“Pagtanggal sa scholarship program ng mga estudyante na sumasama sa mga rally laban sa gobyerno, kinatigan ng Youth Sector.
Mas gugustuhin ng Duterte Youth Movement na hindi na isama sa scholarship program ang mga kabataang sumasama sa kilos protesta at nananawagang ibagsak ang Duterte administration.
Ayon kay Ronald Cardema, Chairman ng Duterte Youth, dapat alisin sa listahan ang mga militanteng estudyate na hindi naman pumapasok sa klase at madalas nakikita sa rally.
Tama lang si Pangulong Duterte na palitan sila ng mga kabataang may interes sa pag-aaral at walang kakayahang pinansyal.
Una nang nanawagan ang youth sector sa law enforcement agencies na arestuhin ang ilang kabataan na nananawagan na ibagsak ang kasalukuyang administrasyon.
Apela ito ni Cardema kaugnay sa ikinakasa ng mga youth leaders na sumusuporta kay CPP-NDF Chairman Joma Sison na kilos protesta.”
In another statement, Cardema also said that some activists who are active in joining rallies against the government might be connected with the rebel group New People’s Army.
“Every week, you have the capacity to rally against our government troops but for the longest time wala namang naririnig ang Philippine society na nag-rally kayo against armed rebels of our country,” he said.
He also urged the other youths to avoid joining the rebel group.
“Being Presidential Supporters or Presidential Critics is part of a healthy democracy, no problem with that. But being consistently Anti-Government, being Anti-Government Troops, and being the youth recruitment base of rebels…the newly-elected government youth leaders of today must make a stand,” he said.