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[Video] #DefendUP: Livestream discussion on the UP-DND Accord Termination

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Livestream discussion on the UP-DND Accord Termination
Jan. 21, 2021

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Resource Speakers:
Ms. Sonia Soto
Signatory to the Soto-Enrile Accord
Journalist / Founding Chairperson of Kaisa Ka Women’s Movement

Ms. Patricia Daloria
UP Baguio / We The Future PH / Bahaghari

Ms. Precy Dagooc
Youth for Nationalism and Democracy

Mr. RJ Naguit
Akbayan Youth

Ms. Rose Trajano
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

Dr. Nymia Pimentel – Simbulan
UP-Manila Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Chairperson of Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
UP CSWCD Faculty Members’ Statement on the unilateral abrogation of UP-DND Accord

Youth Summit Unity Statement to be read by We the Future PH

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[Statement] 𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚣𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝 -𝖪𝖨𝖫𝖴𝖲𝖠𝖭

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“𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚣𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗, 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝” 𝖪𝖨𝖫𝖴𝖲𝖠𝖭 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗈𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖴𝖯-𝖣𝖭𝖣 𝖠𝖼𝖼𝗈𝗋𝖽

The unilateral and without basis UP – DND abrogation is the latest attempt to shrink spaces of democratic discourse. Though worded differently, its sinister aim to crush the right to dissent is shockingly clear.

This move by the DND is meant to convey a message not only to the youth but to academic institutions as well which have been a venue for discourse, pursuing learning in all its aspects in the context of academic freedom, to conform to the regime’s policies and its vision for the country’s youth regardless of its Marcosian undertones.

Already, Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ Prudente -Ramos Accord is in danger of suffering the same fate as the UP-DND Accord.

Yes, by doing away with protocol, as drafted under the accord, we fear that rights abuse and lack of accountability will not be far behind, even if thinly cloaked in upholding ‘peace and order’ against perceived enemies of the state.

This deepening authoritarian rule by Duterte administration aims to remove academic freedom for youth and students who have been at the forefront of protests in the past months.

The youth, along with other ‘woke’ citizens have taken the government to task for the inept management of the ongoing economic crisis as well as the pandemic, especially abuse of power and privilege.

Such actions have dealt a blow in terms of public trust and confidence. Unfortunately, this regime does not welcome criticism nor suggestions.

We need to protect the remaining spaces and strengthen people’s voices for change, especially since it is ultimately the people’s collective well- being that government must represent and reflect.

Stay safe not silent.
Stand up against tyranny, Defend democracy

ResistTyranny

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[Statement] on the unilateral termination of DND of its accord with UP -CHR

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Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the unilateral termination of the Department of National Defense (DND) of its accord with the University of the Philippines (UP)

The UP-DND Accord is more than an agreement limiting the entry of State forces in any of the UP campuses. Seen from a history of abuse of power since the dictatorship, it serves as an assurance that the freedom to express dissent, to protest, and the exercise of academic freedom will be respected by the government, particularly by the police and military.

For more than three decades, this Accord has served to protect the University’s students, faculty, and employees from arbitrary, capricious repressions of protected rights.

However, at this time, when human rights violations continue to abound, the unilateral termination of DND of the said Accord with UP serves to cast further doubts on its intent and aggravates the climate of distrust towards the government.

The UP-DND Accord does not place UP beyond the reach of the rule of law. The University continues to exist as a subject of valid restrictions inasmuch as it is guaranteed freedoms. No one is and should ever be above the law.

DND should have appealed to good judgment in expressing concerns to UP and finding ways to move forward, instead of immediately abrogating the Accord, in pursuit of the best interest of all.

The DND, with whom UP entered into the subject agreement, is in charge of the Armed Forces, whose mandate is different from that of the PNP. The primary concern of DND is to secure the State from external and internal threats. Maintaining peace and order is within the ambit of the Philippine National Police.

Read complete statement @chr.gov.ph

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[Statement] No justice, no entry! – Akbayan Youth

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No justice, no entry! A unity statement against the militarization of campuses amid the termination of the UP-DND accord

We, the organizations undersigned, stand with the UP community against President Duterte’s latest attempt for a crackdown against activists.

We say to the abusive state forces: no justice, no entry! The damning record of human rights violations by the PNP and the AFP under the control of President Rodrigo Duterte betrays their sorry attempt to instill trust with the academic community. If the state is unaccountable for systemic injustices that killed the Gregorios, the displacement of indigenous groups, and the murder of thousands under the drug war, Duterte’s men should not be allowed entry in the safe spaces of the campus.

The sudden, unilateral termination of the UP-DND accord is the Duterte government’s new deadly strain of repression against UP’s critical students, teachers, staff, and community members. It is no coincidence that the government is stripping off the protection accorded to the UP community as the dangerous Anti-Terror Act is in full swing. If the UP administration doesn’t act with urgency, the campuses will become hunting grounds for the likes of Debold Sinas and the AFP.

We believe that the campuses should be a safe space for students and the community from recruitment into acts of war by repressive state forces and non-state groups. We urge the UP administration to mobilize chancellors and deans in the different campuses to defy against this encroachment and uphold the principles of academic freedom, safety, and security in our campuses. We call on the public to resist this latest act of repression and fight for the safety of our schools.

DefendUP

NoToCampusMilitarization

JunkTerrorLaw

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