Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), a state-funded university, earlier this week denounced the military’s recent attempt to “red-tag” them, following the claim of National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) that the school was a recruitment hub for communist rebels.
“This allegation is a serious disservice to the men and women of the PLM and comes at a very bad time when its faculty, students and staff are struggling with the challenges of online education,” said Emmanuel Leyco, the school’s president, in a statement. “Such distraction in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic is indeed reprehensible.”
He asserted that PLM officials were not aware of recruitment by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on school grounds, especially as all classes were being held online.
“We are studying our legal options,” he said. “In the meantime, we shall remain focused on addressing the online learning issues and preparing for the next semester.”
Leyco declared that they would defend the rights of faculty and students to “pursue knowledge with the full protection of their inalienable rights to academic freedom.”
This follows the abrogation last Jan. 15 of the University of the Philippines-Department of National Defense accord that prevented military forces from entering campus without prior notice to the school administration, which was met with widespread criticism from the public.
DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that they had received information that UP was a recruitment center and that some UP students were even confirmed members of the NPA.
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