UP community amplify calls to defend academic freedom through ‘Himigsikan’

The University of the Philippines (UP) community on Saturday gathered anew to cry out their appeal to the government to reinstate the UP-DND (Department of National Defense) accord, as well as to junk the controversial Anti-Terror Law. This time, through a concert, tagged as “Himigsikan.”

During the concert organized by the Defend UP Network, UP alumni and students performed. Not only that, they also stressed their sentiments pertaining to the Anti-Terror Law and the revocation of the UP-DND accord.

Some of the notable personalities and UP alumni who went to the event and said their thoughts on the issue were Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, screenwriter Ricky Lee, National Artist of the Philippines for Music Ryan Cayabyab, Dr. Jose Abueva, and many more.

Meanwhile, according to Renee Loise Co, student regent of the university, they established “Defend UP network” to show how vast the calls to protect the university’s academic freedom.

Reiterating the continuous threats not only to the UP community but also to the rest of the country’s population, Co also stressed that they support the ongoing talks between UP and the DND, adding that they are after the welfare of the UP community.

While the ongoing dialogue between UP and DND is being supported, the community condemned the harassment done by some government officials to the UP community.

They also pleaded for the military and the police forces to respect the UP community’s principles and their freedom to voice out their critical and legitimate grievances to the pressing issues hounding the country during the current administration.

Photo by Wheng Hidalgo, ABS-CBN News

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