The Department of Justice (DOJ) might end up deciding on the termination of the agreement between the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) that has for decades prevented state forces from entering the institution’s campuses, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
“The ongoing dispute between the UP and the DND, both national government agencies (and) instrumentalities, regarding the cancellation or abrogation of their 1989 agreement may end up with the DOJ for administrative adjudication pursuant to PD 242 (which remains a good law),” said the secretary.
Because of this, Guevarra declined to state what his stance on the matter.
“It will therefore be premature for the DOJ to make any comment on the dispute at this time,” he said.
In a letter addressed to UP President Danilo Concepcion dated January 15, Lorenzana said that the DND-UP accord has been “terminated or abrogated effective this date.”
He revealed in the letter that the DND is “aware” of an “ongoing clandestine recruitment” of students by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), inside UP campuses nationwide.
However, the defense chief pointed out no action could be taken since the accord “stipulates certain limitations” where police and military units are prevented from entering the campus without prior communication from the UP administration.