West Visayas State University denies being breeding ground of future CPP-NPA members

Published November 16, 2020, 4:24 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—The administration of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) in this city decried allegations made by a former student that it was a breeding ground for future members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).

The main campus of West Visayas State University (WVSU) in Iloilo City. (WVSU / MANILA BULLETIN)

“This is an utterly baseless allegation, which has caused unwarranted alarm and apprehension among our students and other stakeholders,” said WVSU President Dr. Joselito Villaruz in a statement released Monday, November 16.

Villaruz was reacting to a testimony made by former WVSU Jeffrey Celiz at a Senate hearing earlier this month, saying that the CPP-NPA had a system of recruitment existing at WVSU.

 “Before this irresponsible statement was made [by Celiz], there has been no report or incidents of infiltration by Communist groups in any of the campuses,” Villaruz pointed out.

Prior to his November 3 appearance before the Senate, Celiz first broke his allegations via a radio interview under the name of Eric “Ka Eric” Almendras. 

In that initial radio interview, Celiz claimed to have been a student at University of the Philippines (UP Diliman). But he said he was a WVSU student and was even the editor-in-chief of the campus paper.

Meanwhile, WVSU maintained that it “will remain vigilant and diligent in providing a judicious, secure and safe learning environment” as a government-subsidized institution.