MANILA - Sen. Imee Marcos on Wednesday said she is against the proposal to allow police officers and soldiers inside universities to counter the left's alleged recruitment of the youth.
"Mali 'yung military at police presence sa school. Lalo lamang mara-radicalize mga estudyante. Sasabihin ng mga organizer na pasismo," said Marcos, daughter of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who placed the country under military rule for 14 years.
(Military and police presence inside schools is wrong. It would only radicalize students more. Organizers will say it's fascism.)
"Lalo lamang mahuhulog sa mga komunista kung gagawin nilang garrison ang mga schools," she said in a statement.
(Schools would fall more into the communists hands if authorities will make these their garrison.)
Sen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa earlier said security forces should be allowed inside educational institutions.
"Kung beyond your control ‘yung outside of your premises, sana within your control ang inside ng premises,” the former national police chief said.
(If you don’t have control over things outside your premises, at least have control inside your premises.)
“MPD (Manila Police District), dapat dagdagan niyo ang patrol sa loob para mabubulabog ang nagre-recruit sa loob,” he added, referring to state-run Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
(To the MPD, you should increase your patrols inside to thwart recruiters.)
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Police Brig. Gen. Bernardo Banac supported Dela Rosa's proposal and said allowing police officers inside universities would let them "present the side of government" to students.