The University of the Philippines (UP) has always been and would always be a citadel of freedom and democracy, opposition Senator Francis ‘’Kiko’’ N. Pangilinan said on Monday.
Pangilinan, a former student leader, issued the statement after the Department of National Defense (DND) terminated the UP-DND accord effective January 15.
The document, also known as the 1989 Enrile-Soto Accord, prevented state forces from entering the state university without notifying the school administration. It is now terminated.
‘’Tinutulan natin ang panghihimasok ng diktador noon,’’ Pangilinan said. (We refused to allow the dictator’s interference before,’’ Pangilinan said.
‘’No to the unilateral and arbitrary termination of the Enrile-Soto Accord. Pakiusap lang (I beg you). Please don’t mess with UP,’’ he added.