A netizen claiming he was an ISKO or UP scholar has joined fellow alumnus in testifying that indeed recruitment of UP students is rampant in their campus.
The netizen he said he joined a rally when he was a freshman but did it for the experience but stopped after his father give him a good tongue lashing when he saw him on the news. The netizen claimed that freshmen and student’s from the province are prime targets because they are idealistic and easy to convince.
“ISKO din po ako, short for Iskolar ng Bayan. Totoong may student orgs (organizations) sa UP na laban sa gobyerno at hinihimok ang mga estudyante na magalit sa gobyerno. Minsan ay sumama na ako sa isang rally nila noong freshman pa ako pero hindi na ako umulit. Meron silang pinag reresign na UP Chancellor noon. Ako naman sumama lang for the experience. Na-TV pa nga ako eh at napagalitan ako ng daddy ko dahil napanood niya ako sa news. Nasa Palma Hall ang kiosk nila noon. Syempre ang target ng mga orgs na ito ay freshmen at mga estudyanteng galing probinsya– idealistic at madaling himukin.
The netizen find it ironic that UP looks at the government as the enemy when it funds its operation yearly. He believed this is unique only in the Philippines. He blamed it on a few admins and professors in the university who are radicalized.
“Saan ka nakakita ng pamantasan ng bayan na ang tingin sa gobyerno ay kalaban, na siya namang lumikha at nagpopondo sa kanya taun-taon? Baka dito lang sa Pinas e. Yan ay sapagkat pati na din ilan mga admin at guro dyan ay natamnan na din ng radikal na pananaw sa lipunan. Yun kayang mga national universities ng Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore at iba pang mga bansa ay lantarang pa-kontra din sa kani-kanilang gobyerno?
The netizen can’t help but wonder if academic freedom is absolute, rendering the State helpless that it could not perform its duty to protect its citizens, particularly students?
“Is academic freedom so absolute that the State could not perform its duty to protect its citizens, more so the students, in a university that is notoriously known to be a haven for radicalized individuals and groups whose aim is to overthrow the government?
The netizen further asked more valid questions regarding academic freedom and the students being subjected to indoctrination of revolutionary dogma?
“Does academic freedom also include the freedom of the students to be indoctrinated by revolutionary dogma and in due course join the armed struggle? Gusto kaya ng mga magulang na nasa tamang pag iisip na mamundok ang kanilang mga anak at sumapi sa armadong pakikibaka kaya dyan sila pinapag aral sa premyadong unibersidad? Ano ito, kalayaan para magpakariwara? Kalayaang makapanlinlang at sirain ang buhay ng iba?
The netizen went on to give a sermon to UP about academic freedom, particularly its limitation.
“It is a prime duty of the State to protect its people, and this includes the students and academe of any university in this country. Dissent and critical thinking is necessary and welcome in any academic institution, but one should never equate academic freedom with the furtherance of anarchy, insurgency and terrorism by no less than the Premiere State University founded by this nation.
The netizen ended the FB post by urging the public to to defend UP.
“#DefendUP at all costs- from enemies of the State.
ISKO din po ako, short for Iskolar ng Bayan. Totoong may student orgs (organizations) sa UP na laban sa gobyerno at…Posted by Paolo Henry Marcoleta on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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