QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte has given the assurance that the city government supports the academic freedom of all faculty and students in the University of the Philippines.
“I was a lecturer at UP before, and I know how important academic freedom is in an educational institution,” she said.
“True learning will only happen in an environment where there is a free discourse of ideas by all members of the community,” she added.
Quezon City is known as a bastion of higher learning being host to many prestigious universities and colleges, she cited.
“In Quezon City, academic freedom will always be protected and upheld,” she stressed.
Belmonte taught MA (Master of Arts) students at the University of the Philippines’ Archaeological Studies Program after completing postgraduate degrees in Archaeology and Museum Studies in the United Kingdom.
The Executive Officer of the People’s Law Enforcement Board, or the people’s court for erring policemen, vowed that any abusive conduct of policemen that may be done in the UP campus in Diliman would be dealt with accordingly.
“We pledge that disciplinary action awaits possible abusive conduct by policemen inside the UP Diliman campus. Please be reminded that we all live in a democracy where basic freedoms, including academic freedom, must be upheld,” PLEB officer Rafael Calinisan said.
He is a UP Diliman alumnus. DALISAY NOLASCO