Palace welcomes Senate bill on institutionalizing UP-DND Accord

Published January 21, 2021, 3:13 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang says the enactment of a law that would amend the University of the Philippines (UP) Act of 2008 to require prior notification on the entry of police or military units to campuses, saying it was a “reasonable” proposal.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.(CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.(CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)


Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after Senator Joel Villanueva filed Senate Bill No. 2002 that seeks to protect the UP community from “unreasonable state intrusion” by incorporating the 1989 agreement between UP and the Department of National Defense (DND) in the UP charter.

In his Thursday presser, Roque said the Palace respects Villanueva’s move.

“We always respect the prerogative of our legislators to legislate national policies,” he said.

“We leave that to the wisdom of Congress because that’s an issue of national policy,” he added.

Roque, a UP graduate said that Villanueva’s bill that seeks to institutionalize the recently abrogated UP-DND Accord was a reasonable proposal.

“That seems to be a reasonable proposal but that has to be enacted po into law,” he said.

On Monday, the DND unilaterally abrogated the agreement with UP that limited the entry of the police and military in UP campuses. The DND explained that this was to protect the youth from communist recruitment.

According to Roque, President Duterte, despite not being consulted, supports the move of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Roque has offered to facilitate talks between Lorenzana and UP President Danilo Concepcion to talk about the termination of the agreement.

 
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