UP Min student leaders call Duterte ‘hypocrite’ over threat to kick ​them ​out

Feb. 02, 2018

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Student leaders from the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Min) hits back at President Rodrigo Duterte over his threat to kick out students in the university who continue to ‘walk out and hold protest’ and to give their slots to ‘bright’ tribal students.

“Rodrigo Duterte’s statement is a manifestation that he is a hypocrite given that he is the main reason why there is militarization in Lumad communities,” Romen Wabina, chairperson of the UP Min University Student Council (USC) told Davao Today in a phone interview.

Wabina ​​noted that ​previously, ​”the President even declared to bomb ​L​umad schools ​[when he ​delivered] his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July, where Duterte claimed the schools were teaching students to rebel against the government​”​.

Jayvie Cabajes, chairperson of the UP Min College of Humanities and Social Sciences-Student Council said Duterte’s pronouncement is a “direct attack” to the UP community and is an act of an “oppression” to students’ rights.

“We all know that they (students) are just exercising their rights to voice out the sentiments of Lumad and the other sectors,” Cabajes said.

Cabajes ​said Duterte’s remark ​”​proves that he fears those students who are fighting for their rights.”

“He is using his threats and his machineries to repress student movements and for them to be afraid to protest against him,” he added.

The student leaders said Duterte’s threats will not hinder them from protesting.

“We are ready to face whatever the President throws at us,” Cabajes said.

On Thursday, February 1, several UP campuses from all over the country joined the National Day of Walkout for free education, freedom and democracy to “resist and to stand against the tyrannical US-Duterte regime.”

On the same day, Duterte reacted saying that he’d be happy to reconfigure and give the slots to bright ​L​umad.

“Kaning UP, sige ​o​g walkout. Ganina nag walkout. O sige. Kamong dili mang-iskwela, hawa mo diha. Kay dad-on ko nang mga nitibong bright ngari. Mao’y ipabutang nako diha,” (​These ​UP students keep on walking out. Earlier they walked out. Fine. You get out of there. Because I will bring in bright lumad. They will be the ones that I will put there) Duterte said during the indigenous peoples leaders summit here.

“UP? Gusto silang mag walkout? (You want walk out?) I encourage them. You do not go to school anymore. You stay on the streets. Go. And I will replace you with new ones,” he added.

Wabina said that if the President wants to provide education for the Lumad, he should order the pull out of military troops in their communities instead.

However, Duterte ​has ​also offered “qualified IPs “to become members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or join the Civilian Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU). (davaotoday.com)

  • john appleseed

    I was reading, saying ‘yes, yes,’ agreeing with the protesters…until I saw the extremely stupid phrase “the tyrannical US-Duterte regime.”
    These students need to study current events.
    Duterte hates the US.
    He hates freedom of speech, the rule of law, and capitalism, three things which helped make the US great.
    Duterte has sold his soul to the US’s (& the Philippines’) biggest enemy, China.
    The students should complain about “the tyrannical Xi-Duterte regime.”

  • Ric

    Nah, I don’t think the president’s threat was because he is afraid of these students. Rather, he sees them and their actions as a waste of the country’s resources, which can be better channelled to more deserving recipients.

  • Hart

    The president to replace students who walked out from their classroom? Does it mean no due process again in terminating or expelling students? Just because the students are ranting against the president? Maybe just like the drug users and peddlers who are killed without due process. All are indications of tyranny and dictatorship.

  • Wala na bang due respect ang mga estudyanteng yan sa Presidente ng Pilipinas? Sa inasal palang nila they are more than deserving to be kicked out of the University. Kung Presidente nga wala na silang galang, kanino pa sila gagalang, sa mga NPA na leader nila??? Punyemas!!!

  • Tyrants are people who suppress other people’s rights… Last time I checked, yan ang gawain ng mga Dilawan at mga NPA na mga kakunchaba nila sa pangongotong sa mga kawawang kababayan natin, mapa-mayaman o mahirap. They bear arms to ensure that they remain in power over the people around them, who fear for their lives. Now who are the tyrants??

  • Tsaka hello? Don’t be such a hypocrite… Most if not all of the killings are being done by NPAs, Private armies ang the criminals themselves…

  • solid dds…………kini

    paano naman po irerespeto at igagalang ng mga taga UP ang tatay digong natin na napaka bastos at sobrang balahura ang bibig kung magsalita?

  • Znarf Eimmerf Monserate Calala

    wala yan sa salita boy. nasa gawa.. idol mo sigoro si ninoy aquino na ang galing mag salita wala namang nagawa?

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