FB page claims this photo of Kabataan Partylist Rep Sarah Elago and Satur Ocampo recruiting students to join NPA goes viral

Does this photo looks like the NPA’s (New People’s Army) summer recruitment activity to you?

Well, that’s what the Facebook page “Showbiz Government” implies in the caption to describe the photo shared by Kabataan Partylist representative Sarah Elago and Bayan Muna President Satur Ocampo below.

Summer Recruiting Activity ng mga kumunistang teroristang NPA sa mga mag aaral!

Did the public believe “Showbiz Government”?

Judging by the comments of netizens found under the thread, it appears the public are taking the bait.

In fact, the post has gone viral two days after the photo was posted, garnering 5,559 shares, 2,200 reactions and 558 comments on Facebook.

Vicki Arches remarks Satur Ocampo is a hypocrite who has been distancing himself from the terrorist group (NPA) and yet, he is recruiting our youths to join the CPP-NDF-NPA. “Si Satur Ocampo ay nagmamalinis. Ayaw maidawit bilang terrorista, tapos eto sya, nagrerecruit ng mga kabataan na sumanib sa CPP-NDF-NPA. Echos!”

Melchor Espiritu expresses his dismay at the sight of young people sweet-talked by the NPA’s to join their lost cause. “Sayang kayo.mga bata pa kayo ,mag aral na lang sana at huwag padala sa sulsol ng komunista.Hinde yan makapangyayari sa pilipinas ?EVER!”

Yhob Azalp Seyer shares a personal anecdote of fellow factory workers who were recruited by the NPA. “isasalang yan sa isang pag aaral…….nung nasa pagbrika pa ako nag work, kapag narecruit nila ang isang manggawa ay agad isinasalang sa tinatawag na genuine trade unionism (GTU)….pagkatapos nun isasalang sa 2nd level ng orientation ng ideolohiya ng communism somewhere in quezon province, pagbalik ng manggagawa sa planta putsa galit na sa mundo at wala ng tama kung hindi sya…….tsk tsk tsk……yan malamang ganyan ang gagawin sa mga kabataan na yan, pagbaba nya hindi na yan makakausap ng matino…….puro aral at doctrina na ng kilusan ang nasa utak nya……galit at poot ang kanilang itinatatak sa kaisipan ng mga kabataan kaya hindi malayong sa huli hahawak n yan ng armas at makikidigma na, na syang pinakanais ng mga komunista……kaya akoy hindi pabor sa pagbabalik ng peace talk sa mga komunista sapagkat gagamitin lang nila yan upang makapag recruit ng kabataan, manggawa at sa mga kanayunan………”

However, one commenter pointed out that netizens have been deceived.

Beng Rivera-Reyes writes: “Grabe lang itong post na ito. Grabbed the picture from Sarah”s fb page, then spun a malicious caption. Then a barrage of incoherent comments. The admin of this page must be really proud of this irresponsibilty, but then again baka sa ganito sya kumikita. Kawawa naman…”

Eule Rico Bonganay condemns Showbiz Government for sharing fake news. “Fake news peddler na pala itong Showbiz government. Puro basura na ang posts.”

Conclusion? Well, it is difficult to tell which side is telling the truth. But, based on statement from the opposite camp, Showbiz Government owes an explanation to their Facebook followers.

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