National Youth Commission chairman Ronald Cardema, in a Facebook video posted on August 1, redbaits activists in a “message to the leftist youth.”

National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Ronald Cardema slammed activist groups and red-baited them anew in a video posted on Facebook on August 1. 

In the four-minute video, Cardema claimed that activists would eventually become part of the New People’s Army and rebel against the government. 

“Aakyat ka sa bundok, iiwan mo pamilya mo, kailan mo mauubos ang gobyerno? Ano’ng balak mo bilang aktibista, maging magaling na NPA?” he said. 

Cardema slammed what he called the “hypocrisy” of activist groups for claiming to serve the people yet fighting against the government.

“Tapos ano’ng nasa banner mo, serve the people, paglingkuran ang sambayanan? E yung sambayanan nga ang nagtatag ng Republika ng Pilipinas at sa gobyerno e, paano mo sila pinaglilingkuran e pinapabagsak mo nga ‘yung tinaguyod na gobyerno at tropa ng gobyerno, di’ba?” he said. 

Cardema also said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos was the author of the Republic Act (RA) 8044, which established the NYC. Former Manila representative Jaime Lopez was the principal author of the law. 

“Alam niyo, baka di alam ng lahat, […] ang may-akda ang batas sa pagtatag ng National Youth Commission ay si Congressman Bongbong Marcos, noong 1995,” said Cardema. 

On the 27th anniversary of the NYC, Cardema said in a post that RA 8044 was authored by then-Ilocos Norte Rep. Marcos Jr., which was fact checked by PressOne.PH. Adrian L. Parungao