Former CEGP President Urges Teddy Casiño to Stop Misleading the Youth

A former leader and President of the College Editor's Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), the group where ex-congressman Teddy Casiño belongs, asked the Bayan Muna leader to stop misleading his members and the youth because he is now unmasked by the general public. 

The said former militant leader and President of CEGP is no other than Ado Paglinawan, who became the President of CEGP during the year 1968-1969. 

Paglinawan recalled that during the 1970 rally, he was shot by the Metrocom in front of the old Congress building in what was the start of the First Quarterstorm. A few days after the incident, he returned with fresh wounds to be at the Battle of Mendiola. 


When the policemen started firing again, his group was lucky that a security guard recognized hiim and allowed him to seek refuge inside the San Beda Campus. This incident made him think hard, and realized sooner that his life as an activist was not what the sacrifices of his parents and his elders was all about. He realized that what will he contribuet to society if he was dead. 

According to Ado Paglinawan, everyday he pray for the peace of those that he directly or indirectly misled by his passion as a youth. He asked forgiveness for those who died or who were disabled because of the activism he started in them. 

Paglinawan noted that the difference between him and Teddy Casino is that he did not escalate himself into becoming a communist and a traitor to our country. He was an activist up to now fighting for the poor and the powerless but through his facile pen. His writings have harvested many reforms so far, but he will never use violence against this constitutional government. 

Unlike Ted, Paglinawan considered the New People's Army as an enemy of the state, he also considered the Abu Sayyaf as an enemy of the state. He also noted that he believed telling the truth, not lying, that will set us free. 

Finally he called out Teddy Casino by saying that, "now the general public know who you really are. You have stripped yourself naked in front of television. You are now persona non grata just like your fellow cadres."


Here's the Complete Statement of Ado Paglinawan:

TEDDY CASINO AND I WERE AT SOME POINT PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE EDITORS GUILD OF THE PHILIPPINES. My term was 1968-69. 

In 1970 while in a rally, I was shot by the Metrocom in front of the old Congress building in what was the start of the First Quarterstorm. Still with wounds fresh, I returned a few days after to be at the Battle of Mendiola. 

When the policemen started firing again, my group was lucky that Mang Johnny, a security guard at San Beda, recognized me and allowed us to seek refuge inside its campus, where I went to school since Grade 1. We were able to escape using the Benedictine Abbey side gate at Concepcion Aguila when the chase was towards Azcarraga and Legarda to Bustillos.

This second incident made me think hard. Not that I turned pale because if I did why would I even go to Mendiola? Natauhan lang ako that was not what the sacrifices of my parents and my elders was all about. For what will I contribute to society if I were dead?


Everyday I pray for the peace of those that I directly or indirectly misled by my passion as a youth. I ask forgiveness for those who died or who were disabled because of the activism I started in them. 

One of them, like my best friend from the Philippine Normal College, after being tortured and raped, was mutilated into pieces with a matured fetus in her womb, her remains wrapped in a black trash bag. It was said government intelligence people did that to her. After the Inopacan Massacre, I had serious doubts and began thinking that it was her comrades who used her as a sample for propaganda purposes.

The difference between Ted and I is I did not escalate my self into becoming a communist and a traitor to the my country. 

I was an activist and up to now I am fighting for the poor and the powerless through my facile pen. My writings have harvested many reforms, the latest of which are more hospital rooms for public hospitals which just came out of the press.

But I will never use violence against this constitutional government. just because it has powerful and oppressive bad eggs in it. That is what the democratic space is all about, you fight within the system, and you change the system using the rule of law, not the barrel of the gun or hate speech.


I consider the New Peoples Army as an enemy of the state. Those who bear arms against my country are fair game. They have  defaulted on their human rights. Those who use violence eventually die by the sword they lived on if they do not return to the fold of law.

Unlike Ted, I also consider the Abu Sayyaf as enemy of the state. So your analogy and hairsplitting sucks, I oppose any peace talks that involve both the New Peoples Army and the Abu Sayyaf, which are terrorist organizations.

The development of our country has ben stunted by more than half a century of this mindless rebellions. I consider recruiting for these groups are feeding our youth to the lions. This is why I do not make distinctions on the basis of an ideology of deceit. 

And I believe that it is by telling the truth, not lying, that will set us free. 

Ted, now the general public know who you really are. You have stripped yourself naked in front of television. You are now persona non grata just like your fellow cadres.

Source: Ado Paglinawan FB Page

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