UP president denies allowing entry of police, military in campuses

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) — The president of the country’s premiere state university has denied the claims of Senator Bato dela Rosa that he allowed the entry of police and military in all the campuses of the University of the Philippines (UP).

“I categorically deny that I agreed to allow the military and police to enter any University of the Philippines campus or property without coordination with the UP administration and UP Police,” said UP President Danilo Concepcion in a statement on Wednesday.

Dela Rosa claimed on Tuesday that Concepcion and other university presidents agreed to let the police and military enter their campuses to stop the recruitment by the communist party.

“Take note the president of UP nag-agree sa atin na okay sila na pumasok ang mga pulis at sundalo. Lahat ng university presidents okay sila na bigyan ng tsansa ang mga pulis at sundalo na mag-recruit,” said the senator and former Philippine National Police chief.

[Translation: Take note that the president of UP agreed to us that they are okay for the policemen and soldiers to enter the campuses. All the university presidents are okay to give chance to the police and military to recruit. ]

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For his part, Concepcion said that UP will continue to coordinate with the government recognizing public safety and academic freedom.

“UP does not consider itself above the law. Indeed, it is keen to see the law upheld and strictly enforced, with due respect for the rights of all concerned. As the national university, UP will continue to cooperate fully and openly with government authorities, all in full cognizance of the balancing act between public safety and academic freedom,” he said.

Dela Rosa, who chairs the panel on public order, recommended last October that the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education should issue an administrative order mandating school administrators to initiate a thorough probe on teachers who encourage students to join protests.

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