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Fidel Nograles opposes police presence in schools: Joining leftist groups ain’t a crime

Aug 17, 2019 @ 19:41

Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles has bucked the Philippine National Police’s plan to increase police visibility in colleges and universities in the country amid the rumored recruitment of students by leftist groups.

Nograles, vice chair of the House justice committee, said the PNP’s proposal is inconsistent with the purpose of higher learning institutions.

“The main mandate of the PNP is to combat and prevent crime. As far as I know, no crimes are committed when students join left-leaning organizations and colleges so long as they do not take arms against the government,” he said in a statement.

Nograles said colleges and universities “should remain venues for discussion and debate” where students can explore different ideologies and perspectives.

He said the government should be confident that students will choose supporting the administration over joining leftist groups because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s strong popularity.

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