- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana unilaterally abrogated the decades-old accord between the Department of National Defense and the University of the Philippines
- Lorenzana sent a letter to UP President Danilo Concepcion saying that by reason of national security and safety of the students, it is abrogating the existing DND-UP agreement signed on June 30, 1989
- Concepcion, Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Antonio Trillanes, and celebs like Agot Isidro and Frankie Pangilinan reacted to the act
- #DefendUP thereafter topped Twitter and netizens also aired their thoughts on the latest move of Defense Secretary Lorenzana
The unilateral (one-sided) termination of the DND-UP agreement, which prohibited state forces from entering UP campuses, by Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana through a letter addressed to the UP President Danilo Concepcion, elicited a host of reactions from politicians, celebrities and students alike.
Here are the statements and reactions to the said termination:
Danilo Concepcion, UP President
"Should have no fear of academic freedom. Indeed UP has bred rebels and nonconformists—as well as it has bred presidents, senators, congressmen, and business, civic, and even military leaders. All the world’s great universities have produced the same range of thinkers and doers"
Leni Robredo, Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines
"The unilateral scrapping of the decades-old Accord sends the opposite message: That under this administration, anyone, anywhere, at anytime, is fair game... Clearly, then, this is not a practical gesture, but a symbolic one. One designed to sow fear. One designed to discourage dissent. One designed to silence criticism."
Francisco "Kiko" Pangilinan, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
"Tinutulan natin ang panghihimasok ng diktador noon. UP has always been and will always be a citadel of freedom and democracy.
No to the unilateral and arbitrary termination of the Enrile-Soto Accord.
Pakiusap lang. Please don't mess with UP.
Antonio Trillanes, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
"Leave the UP students alone! These are the kinds of acts that worsened the insurgency problem during the Marcos regime. We should have learned by now that purely military actions will not solve this very complicated problem. #DefendUP"
Risa Hontiveros, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
"I denounce the unilateral termination of the longstanding UP-DND Accord.
Kung desidido ang administrasyon maghanap ng komunista, pagdiskitahan nila yung mga komunistang lantarang nanghihimasok sa West Philippine Sea. #DefendUP"
"Keep off U.P."
"red-tagging students just proves how insecure and threatened this administration has become. protect our students. defend our rights. be brave."
Some prominent personalities took to social media to contradict President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent speech. The President earlier addressed claims that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, will run for presidency in 2022 election. In a statement during the inauguration of Skyway 3, he expressed that presidency is not for women. Celebrities like Angelica Panganiban, Karen Davila and Agot Isidro then contradicted the said statement.
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