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Feel free, 2 top schools told on protest vs EJKs

  • Written by People's Tonight
  • Published in Nation
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This was Malacañang’s response to a call for a Black Sunday Game to  protest by the Ateneo De Manila University and De la Salle University against the spate of extrajudicial killings in the country and the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani by wearing black.

“As we learned in our class, ‘I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,’” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in his press statement to Palace reporters even as he renewed its call to the  public to join the government’s fight against the drug menace.
   
“Feel free, therefore, to express your concern on the burning issues of the day in the same way that we encourage both Ateneo and La Salle communities to step up and bring the blessings of their quality education by helping the government transform the many communities of the poor in our society,” Andanar said.
   
“We understand there is call from Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University to wear black on Sunday’s UAAP men’s basketball game to protest the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and to condemn the spate of extrajudicial killings in the country.
   
“We live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to give an opinion, air his grievance, or voice his solidarity or disagreement with the government as long as the means used is peaceful, legal, and constitutional.”
   
“Feel free, therefore, to express your concern on the burning issues of the day in the same way that we encourage both Ateneo and La Salle communities to step up and bring the blessings of their quality education by helping the government transform the many communities of the poor in our society. The menace of illegal drugs has also swept away human rights and human lives which are some values we are taught in school.
   
We encourage everyone to join the anti-drugs campaign of the government as we now enter the second phase which includes treatment and rehabilitation and education and counseling of drug dependents.
   
“It is a battle that has to be fought,” as Father Joel E. Tabora SJ, president of Ateneo de Davao University said, “We must be able to fight drugs by bringing about a condition where drugs are no longer necessary. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ also has to be applied to the millions that are being victimized by this illegal drug trade,” Andanar said.