- President Rodrigo Duterte has broken his silence about the idea of revoking the scholarships of the students who rally against the government
- He said that rallying is part of an expression and it is “fine” with him
- However, it is a different case when students support the New People’s Army
President Rodrigo Duterte has spoken regarding the recent issue of revoking the scholarships of the students who are anti-government or join rallies and protests, as suggested by National Commission Youth (NYC) head Ronald Caderma.
KAMI learned that Palace believes joining rallies and protests is part of the students’ right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. However, supporting and joining communist groups like the New People’s Army, is a different case which can lead to sedition and rebellion.
“Kung sila ay sumasama lamang sa mga rally, that’s right. That’s a right, that’s freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. We are not reckless,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
According to a report by GMA News, President Duterte said that the students who are supporting the New People’s Army will become his “enemy.”
"If they espouse [support against] the very government feeding food on their mouth, they will lose that," Duterte said.
"If you go and say, 'let us go out, join the NPAs, support the NPAs, give food to the NPAs, money to the NPAs,' then you espouse the destruction of the duly constituted government," he added.
However, the President said that attending rallies does not make the students liable for a crime like rebellion or sedition.
“Mere presence of one’s crime does not make you liable,” President Duterte said.
“Wala naman kung dissent lang. You disagree with my move, you do not disagree or you do not find consonance in our decision, fine,” he added.
When asked how about those who rally to bring down the government, the President said, “Those are just expressions. I need more overt acts.”
As previously reported by KAMI, NYC chief Cardema has urged President Duterte to revoke the government scholarships of the students who rally and protest against the administration. Cardema said that communist groups are recruiting student leftists to join them.
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