School being run by NPAs ordered closed » Manila Bulletin News



By Joseph Jubelag

Banga, South Cotabato — Local authorities have ordered the closure of a local  educational institution which is being run by New People’s Army in a remote village here.


Sr. Supt. Franklin Alvero, South Cotabato police director, said village officials of Barangay Lam-afus here sought the assistance of Department of Education (DepEd) officials, as well as police and military authorities, to close down the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc. Academy (MISFIA) in the area after it was found that the school was operating without the required permit from the DepEd.

He said the barangay council, headed by Chair Erencio Simpal, had earlier passed a resolution which ordered the closure of the said school as it lacked the necessary permit from the DepEd.

MISFIA currently has 15 students who are from the T’boli and Manobo tribal groups from nearby Sultan Kudarat province.

Military and police authorities said the school, which offers curriculum for elementary pupils, reportedly serves as front of the NPA, the armed-wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The military claimed the school, which is headed by Muhamed Makina Manslaw of Cotabato City, was teaching the school children to raise arms against the government.

South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Fuentes said village officials of Barangay Lam-afus were clothed with the authority to order the closure of the school since it was operating without a DepEd permit and was also catering to students not from South Cotabato.

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