Red-tagging officials not welcome in UP — UP community

Published October 30, 2020, 10:20 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) community on Friday said it would not allow red-tagging officials to enter the campus.

Froilan Cariaga, chairman of UPD Student Council, said in a statement that “UP has been hounded by the Duterte government’s malicious red-tagging for years,” therefore, red-tagging officials “would never be allowed inside the university’s premises, as they only mean to endanger the progressive youth and community members.”

The statement was issued a day after SINAG, a student publication, said in a Facebook post that a police officer “entered the UP Diliman Quezon Hall in violation of the 1989 UP-DND agreement that prohibits military and police presence in any UP campus without authorization from the UP administration.”

On Thursday, several progressive groups held a protest inside the campus to raise their concerns over various issues. They also held a banner with words alleging, “League of Parents of the Philippines, Tuta ng Militar! Hindi kayo Welcome sa UP! (League of Parents of the Philippines is under the control of the militar. You’re not welcome inside UP.”

Meanwhile, Aldrin Nera of UP Rises Against Tyranny and Dictatorship alleged that no less than the UP management has “been mobilizing police inside the campus, taking pictures of students and staff, and going against the UP-DND Accord.”

Nera said that what they do “is another form of their goal to harass the youth into silence.”