Ni Joan Alcantara
Photo: PNA

Sinabi ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) na suportado rin ng militar ang naging aksyon ng Department of National Defense (DND) na putulin na ang 1989 DND-UP accord dahil “unfair” ito para sa mga Pinoy at “unconstitutional” dahil sa paglabag sa equal protection clause ng konstitusyon.

Ayon sa AFP, sa ilalim ng nasabing pinawalang-bisang kasunduan, kinakailangang may permiso muna bago makapasok ang mga kasundaluhan sa anumang campus ng unibersidad na isang uri ng “entitlement” na wala ang ibang academic institutions.

Sa halip, sinabi ng AFP, “The termination of the agreement should instead be focused on the fact that UP is one of the rich sources of NPA recruits. Per AFP records, at least 18 UP students who were recruited by the NPA perished in skirmishes with government security forces. And this deadly recruitment has to stop. The CTGs can no longer lurk in the university as they did before knowing that the AFP cannot enter the campuses without prior consent of the school administrators.”

Sa kabila nito, siniguro ng AFP na hindi makikialam ang militar sa academic freedom ng unibersidad na ginagarantiya ng konstitusyon at hindi ng katatapos pa lamang na kasunduan.

“The AFP will not interfere in UP’s liberty to choose who may teach, what can be taught, the manner with which it will be taught or who may study in UP. As a way forward, we will pursue a more collaborative relationship between UP—and other universities for that matter—to usher the rebirth of schools and state universities that are bastions of genuine patriotism and not of misguided activism,” saad ni AFP Chief General Gilbert Gapay.


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