By: Elena Grace Flores
Defense Department ends deal barring state forces in UP campuses
Pinky Webb of CNN Speaks to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque is at wit’s end on the line of questioning by Pinky Webb of CNN. Webb asks Roque to comment on Danilo Arao’s call to the UP faculty and alumni. This is to denounce Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s termination of UP’s 1989 accord. Roque reminds Webb that he’s not only a UP alumnus but also the Presidential spokesperson. So, his opinion is not following Arao’s call. He is not bound to denounce such action of the military.
The Opposition’s Accusation
The sitting Vice President Leni Robredo said that such alleged militarization of the UP campus is the government’s way to discourage dissent. It is currently sensationalized by the yellow media. Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against Robredo still awaits the Supreme Court’s decision. Reports of massive fraud to let her win support Marcos’s claim.
Termination of UP’s 1989 Accord
The termination is known by the public on Monday night, January 18. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana officially notifies the university about the abrogation in his letter to UP President Danilo Concepcion on January 15. He cites the in-campus recruitment activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). So, the move basically addresses public interest on the matter.