Kobe Paras to raise funds for UP Cebu protesters

Published June 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jan Carlo Anolin

University of the Philippines Diliman star Kobe Paras has vowed to raise funds for the bail of arrested protesters in Cebu.

UP's Kobe Paras celebrates in the UAAP Season 82 against Adamson at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, September 15, 2019 (Rio Deluvio)
UP’s Kobe Paras, right, celebrates during a game in UAAP Season 82 against Adamson at the Mall of Asia Arena (MB File Photo)

Seven individuals who participated in the mass protest against the “Anti-Terror Bill” were reportedly apprehended by police in UP Cebu on Friday at around 10 a.m.

According to the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Cebu, police dispersed dozens of protesters, as well.

Paras aired his sentiments on Twitter that same day.

“I saw the news in Cebu about my fellow isko and Iskas. To all my people there who got arrested Thank you standing up for what is right,” Paras tweeted.

“To all my isko and iskas in cebu & everywhere else, stay strong, stay safe, and stand ten toes down. We will raise money to bail those affected!”

Among those arrested, according to reports, were Al Ingking, a UP alumnus; Jaime Paglinawan of BAYAN Central Visayas; Joahanna Veloso of National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP); Bern Cañedo of YANAT Cebu; Dyan Gumanao of Kabataan Partylist; Nar Porlas of Anakbayan UP Cebu; and Janry Ubal of local group “Food Not Bombs Cebu” and a bystander who did not participate in the rally.

Paras also tweeted a photo with the ‘closed-fist’ emoji and hashtags #BLM, #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW and #iWillNotShutUpAndDribble.

Other collegiate stars Ricci Rivero, CJ Cansino, Jun Manzo and Diego Dario also took a stand against the “Anti-Terror Bill.”

“Taking a stand is a choice. Not taking a stand is also a choice. Educating yourself about the issues of our country is a choice. Not educating yourself about them is not an excuse but also a choice. That’s ignorance. Make a choice. Stand up for the people,” Dario said.

The proposed Anti-Terror Act will undergo a final review while awaiting President Duterte’s signature.