What makes students of the University of the Philippines so special that they get to study in an exclusive sanctuary against state security forces that no other student bodies in the Philippines enjoy? The fact is, all Filipino students and all jurisdictions that are subject to Philippine law already protected by the Bill of Rights which guarantees freedom of speech and assembly. Why then are the communists and their “woke” comrades in the Philippine Opposition framing this issue as some sort of “assault” on “academic freedom”?
The Communist Party of the Philippines and the honchos of its vassal front groups would like everyone to believe that all Filipino students are beneficiaries of an agreement between UP and the Department of National Defense (DND) that makes UP campuses “safe” from the the military. This is a lie. The only real beneficiaries of this agreement are none other than communist elements. They enjoy a parasitical relationship with the UP student body effectively using them — including most ordinary students who merely want to study in peace — as human shields. This is the true crooked intent of the CPP in the outrage fad they are now drumming up to “protest” the termination of this agreement by the DND.
As a matter of principle, an agreement to ban soldiers from the UP campus is nonsensical — because it is a redundancy. All Filipinos are guaranteed individual rights by the Philippine Constitution against persecution and arbitrary arrest and detention. Why then is an agreement on top of that necessary? Is such an agreement even legal? Imagine the Ayala family signing a similar agreement with the DND to make the Ayala Center a sanctuary from the Philippine Police or Army. Ridiculous, right?
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The bottom line here is that UP students are not criminals that need to be fearful of state security forces. The only people defending this ludicrous sanctuary “agreement” between UP and the DND are criminals and terrorists. Usually it is the simplest explanation that is most likely to offer the most sound reasoning. No need to go into lengthy treatises and statements — not to mention obsolete Cold War era slogans — to justify protesting against the termination of a nonsensical agreement.
The communists and their “woke” lackeys in one or the other “activist” group as well as those “reporters” under the employ of Big Corporate Media should stop insulting the intelligence of Filipinos. It’s hight time things are simplified and all these redundant and unnecessary complications that hinder efficient law enforcement and military intelligence gathering be dismantled. Now na!
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.