Palace defends Duterte supporters backlash vs UP Visayas cheer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019   •   1248

The Malacañang has defended the backlash of Duterte supporters against the cheer of a student group at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UP-V).

The student group, Skimmers, went viral when they performed their cheer that was focused on criticizing the government which includes the red-tagging of UP students as well as the maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the backlash, which also includes reported harassment against the involved students, was only natural.

“Siyempre natural lang iyon na mag-react, siyempre ang dating sa kanila, baka hindi sila nagbibiro (Of course it’s only natural to react, they might think they weren’t joking),” he said. “That’s a very natural reaction for the supporters of the President.”

Meanwhile, the Palace said they are not against the controversial cheer or any kind of criticisms against the government.

“But as you said, obviously they are joking. It’s a free country, they can dish out jokes, criticisms,” Panelo said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DSWD provides aid to stranded students, construction workers in UP Diliman

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2020

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided relief assistance to the stranded students and construction workers at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman campus.

“The team distributed a total of 600 family food packs (FFPs) and 600 hygiene kits to the stranded construction workers, while another 600 FFPs were given to stranded UP Diliman students,” the DSWD said in a statement.

Jhonie Barlaan, one of the stranded construction workers said they understand that they won’t be able to receive the social amelioration program (SAP) and are grateful to receive the provided assistance.

Nauunawaan po namin na hindi kami mapapabilang sa mga kwalipikadong pamilyang makatatanggap ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) dahil na rin ang aming pamilya ay nasa probinsya at maaaring sila ay makatanggap na roon, (We understand that we cannot qualify in the SAP because our families are in the province and may have already received the cash assistance there), he said.

Gayunpaman, nais naming pasalamatan ang DSWD sapagkat hindi nila kami pinabayaan at hindi sila nakalimot (Nevertheless, we want to thank the DSWD for not neglecting us. They have not forgotten us),” he added. –AAC

UP among top 500 universities in the world

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 12, 2019

The University of the Philippines (UP) has made it to the top 500 top universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

UP is placed in the 401-500 rank which is higher compared to their 501 to 600 rank in 2019 World University Rankings .

The university outranked top schools like Harvard University, University of Oxford and the University of Stanford in health research citation rankings.

READ: UP beats Harvard, other top universities in health research citations

In a statement the World University Rankings said that global higher education has grown considerably in recent years.

“Between 2000 and 2014, the number of university students across the world more than doubled to 207 million,” according to their statement which cited a paper published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Meanwhile, De La Salle University also made it to the top rankings, placing at 1001+.—AAC

UP students condemn alleged campus militarization; walk out of classrooms

Maris Federez   •   August 20, 2019

UP student activists stage an anti-campus militarization rally during the university’s so-called “National Day of Walkout” on August 20, 2019.

Students of the University of the Philippines (UP) walked out of their classrooms Tuesday to condemn what they claim as campus militarization in their school.

Wearing black, the students stepped out of their classes at past 11 with placards in hand.

They call this day the “National Day of Walkout”, pointing out that the police and the military are meddling with the affairs of the school.

The students said the campus militarization is curtailing their academic freedom.

Read: PNP denies alleged militarization of campuses

“Hindi po namin papayagan na pumasok ang AFP at PNP lalo na si Senador Bato at Duterte sa aming pamantasan dahil nakikita namin na wala silang puwang o agenda upang i-address ang mga bitbit naming panawagan [We will not allow the AFP and the PNP, especially Senator Bato and Duterte to enter our university because we know that they have no agenda to address our petitions],” said UP student Rachiel Villamor.

Several UP professors also joined the walkout.

“Alamin at kumilos na ipaglaban ang tingin nila ay tama. Yan ang itinuturo namin sa classroom. Yan ang ibig sabihin ng pagiging edukador. At magagawa yan hindi lang sa loob ng classroom. Magagawa yan kahit sa labas kahit sa lansangan [Know and act to fight what they think is correct. That is what we teach in the classroom. That is what a teacher is all about. And we can do that not only in the classrooms. We can do that even in the streets],” said Josephine Dionisio, chairperson of UP Department of Sociology.

Aside from the campus in Diliman, the National Day of Walkout was also observed in other UP campuses in the country. (from the report of Mon Jocson) /mbmf

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