DAVAO City — In separate statements, universities tagged by military denied participating in the alleged “Red October” plot to destabilize the government.
Mark Anthony Abenir, director of the UST Simbahayan Community Development Office said in a statement tweeted by the school’s publication The Varsitarian, that UST has been in support of different issues of marginalized sectors like the Lumad. He also sees nothing wrong with the university advocating against Martial Law.
“I do not understand why they are red-tagging the University for standing up for human rights, standing up against the return of any form of dictatorial rule,” Abenir said.
UST Secretary General Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P also questioned the allegations of military, saying that they have to prove it first.
While, University of Makati, in a statement, said it “has no knowledge of any student activity linked to what the AFP claims as recruitment efforts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.”
“While we protect the rights of our students to free speech and assembly, we also strongly adhere to the principles of democracy as enshrined in our Constitution,” it said.
Other schools included in the list of the military are the University of the Philippines Diliman and University of the Philippines Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Adamson University, Far Eastern University, University of the East Recto and Caloocan, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, San Beda University, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Caloocan City College, University of Manila, and Philippine Normal University. (davaotoday.com)