On February 13, 2023, two leaders of the CPP-NDF-NPA terrorist organization were killed in an encounter with government security forces in Barangay Sta. Margarita, Baggao, Cagayan. While Orion Yoshida alias Brown was wounded and abandoned by his cohorts, the two fatalities were identified as alias Tisoy, who is from Talaingod, Davao del Norte, and Paolo Macaraeg alias Tobby, who is from Cavite, and was a student of the University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus.
Paolo Macaraeg is a student activist while he was studying in UP Diliman Macaraeg and Yoshida were student activists who were members of the terrorist group Kabataang Makabayan, an underground radical student organization that was openly admitted by the late Joma Sison as an organization affiliated with the CPP-NDF-NPA.
The authorities are now investigating the backgrounds of the two CPP-NDF-NPA members to determine the front organizations that recruited Yoshida and Macaraeg. This recent incident is an eye opener to the Filipino people particularly to parents, students, and the members of the academe.
The undeniable reality is that the deceptive recruitment of the CPP-NDF-NPA of our youth and students has no boundaries. The terrorist group CPP-NDF-NPA targets our youth for recruitment. The CPP-NDF-NPA has no qualms about turning our brightest and promising young people into armed terrorists who eventually end up killed, or wounded in armed encounters with the military and the police.