- Prominent universities tagged to be part of ‘Red October’ denied these allegations
- Official from UST has stated that there must be proof to support AFP’s claims
- Anakbayan Chairperson Nickolo Domingo said that it was just government’s tactic
Some universities and colleges that have been named to be part of communist groups’ plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte have denied their involvement in ‘Red October’.
KAMI has learned that officials from these universities and colleges have spoken.
According University of Santo Tomas (UST) Secretary General Fr. Jesus Miranda Jr. stated that the claims made by the Armed Forces of the Philippines should have a basis to support their claim.
“Siguro i-prove muna nila kung bakit nasama. Ano yung mga proof [at] mga detalye. Or baka naman [they are] stereotyping or because we are a Catholic university and there is a perception that we are against the present government, ganoon ba yon? Is that why we are being tagged? “ stated by Fr. Miranda.
According to UST Simbahayan Director Mark Abenir, "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."
University of the East (UE) Student Council has also released their statement.
“We would like to rectify the statement of AFP Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. tagging the UE as a recruitment ground for communists planning to oust Pres. Duterte. We do not want to destabilize our government. We need to promote solutions, solutions that serve every Filipino regardless of sector,” they said.
Even University of Makati President Tomas Lopez Jr. insisted that their students do not participate in such ouster plot. He said, “[Students] do not participate in any partisan political initiatives but rather focus on efforts to strengthen the value of citizenship in young Filipinos so they can become productive members of the society.”
“The management of University of Makati has no knowledge of any student activity linked to what the AFP claims as recruitment efforts of the CPP,” he added.
Anakbayan Chairperson Nickolo Domingo also stated that University of the Philippines Diliman denies these allegations. According to Domingo, “it is a government tactic to divert the people’s attention to anti-people policies such as the TRAIN Law and rice tarrification.”
In a report by Rappler, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde has released a statement regarding state universities’ involvement in the issue.
"Ito masabi ko... these youth are given free education by no less than the government, hindi ba? In state universities you are given free education by the government and yet hindi ka pa nag-ga-gragraduate you are already going against the same government that gives you free education. Samantalang kami when we were given free education we were required to serve the country for a minimum of 8 years kahit saan,"
“So this is just our question: Why?” he added.
As previously reported by KAMI, AFP revealed the names of universities and colleges involved in the alleged ouster plot or ‘Red October’. Super Radyo DZBB 594khz has released the names through a Facebook post.
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