The UP Chancellor and the UP Office of the Student Regent have expressed their objection to the plan of sending policemen and members of the AFP as a measure to counter the massive of recruitment of students to the ranks of the leftist groups.
In other words, the UP Chancellor and the UP student body see the policemen and members of the AFP as an enemy rather than as a friend.
UST professor and also medical doctor Andrea Carigma has taken to Facebook to express her opinion on the matter.
In the Facebook post, Carigma said she described this as malicious and disrespectful to the AFP and the PNP who sacrifices their lives for civilians.
Declaring UP as a peace zone is as good as saying that “when there are armed forces, it won’t be peaceful.”
Carigma argued that academic freedom can be achieved even when there are armed forces within the campus. Lectures and classes can be held uninterrupted even with armed forces within the area .
You may read Dr. Andrea Carigma’s full FB post below.
Honestly, i find this disrespectful to the AFP and PNP who sacrifice their lives for civilians.
To declare that UP as a “zone of peace” by having no police and military officers operating within the campus is as good as saying that “when there are armed forces, it won’t be peaceful.”
Sorry, it is just malicious, and painstakingly insulting to the memory and family of those who offered their lives in the service of Filipinos.
We have been seeing this happening lately. Just recall SONA 2019. Also, go to Mendiola and see the rallies (and don’t you question me on this – I study in a Mendiola campus and I have been teaching in a campus near Mendiola for a decade now.) Rallies can be held peacefully with armed forces around. There hasn’t been any Mendiola massacre lately.
Not like before.
Academic freedom can be achieved even when there are armed forces within the campus. Lectures and classes can be held uninterrupted even with armed forces within the area . Make a memorandum of agreement with the PNP and and AFP to have specific limitations if you must. You are not stopped from exercising your rights. But don’t say that their mere presence is oppressive. It is unfair to say so.