DND abrogated decades old agreement with UP as regards to the non- conduct operations in its campuses

DND abrogated decades old agreement with UP as regards to the non- conduct operations in its campuses

 

Liberal Party president and one of the staunch critic of the current President of the republic, senator Francis “kiko” Pangilinan told the secretary of National Defense “not to mess with UP (University of the Philippines)”

Pangilinan said on Twitter “Tinutulan natin ang panghihimasok ng diktador noon. UP has always been and will always be a citadel of freedom and democracy.”

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is made a historic move with respect to the nation’s state university.

Duterte abrogated the decades old agreement with the University of the Philippines which restricts the conduct of law enforcement operations in its campuses nationwide.

In a letter sent to the Secretary of National Defense, Duterte said he is terminating the agreement limiting military (AFP) and police(PNP) from entering the campuses without prior notice to the university administration.

SND Lorenzana said he found the agreement a “hindrance in providing effective security, safety and welfare of the students, faculty and employees of UP,” as he claimed the Maoist-led rebels have been using the university’s campus grounds as recruiting area for armed guerrillas fighting the government.

“In the pursuit of true national peace and development, it is time to terminate or abrogate the existing agreement with the end view of protecting and securing the institution and the youth against the enemies of the Filipino people without sacrificing the freedoms that we have preserved for about 30 years.”

It was then National Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos under the Cory Aquino presidency who signed the agreement with UP, 3 years after the ousting of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

 

Against the move

 

Kabataan Partylist and Makabayan active member Rep. Sarah Elago has voiced her dismay over the move of to terminate such agreement.

Elago said it “shows a blatant disregard for the students’ historic victory against campus militarization and fascist dictatorship.”

“This brazen step signals intensified attacks on academic freedom and increasing violations of human rights of students, teachers and education stakeholders amid the Duterte regime’s tyranny,” Elago said in a statement.

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Lorenzana made it clear that no members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and police officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be stationed inside the campuses, respecting activist groups’ right to express and academic freedom.

He said the security forces have “nothing to gain from suppressing these rights and freedom but will only alienate it from the people.”

 

 

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