Many University of the Philippines students and alumni have turned to humor in response to the labeling of the UP as a place of “underground recruiting” into the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.
For example, OPM singer Dong Abay made a hilarious joke about his “recruiting” from the Maroons UP and winning the UAAP Championship, poking fun at his resemblance to fellow former student Benjie Paras.
The UP Mountaineers followed suit with their own funny joke, sharing a poster on Facebook that read: “Namumundok talaga kami. Sama ka?”
“Gusto mo ring mamundok? Wala naman kasing stigmatization of red-tagging dapat sa pamumundok,” said the legend. “We support the UP community in calling for the 1989 UP-MDN agreement to be upheld.”
Gusto mo ring mamundok? Wala naman kasing stigma at red-tagging dapat sa pamumundok. ?? We support the UP community in calling for the 1989 UP-MDN Agreement to be upheld. #DefendUP #DefendAcademicFreedom
UP Mountaineers is a student organization founded in 1977 and a member of the Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines Inc.
Its mission is “to establish and strengthen a large community of outdoor leaders who actively promote responsible mountaineering and are committed to understanding, appreciating and protecting the environment”.
The Ministry of National Defense recently ended its 31-year agreement with the UP, which prohibits the entry of military and police forces into the university without prior coordination with UP officials.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana cited reports that Communists are recruiting students inside UP campuses, but UP Chancellor Diliman Fidel Nemenzo said the Defense Department should prove his claim.
—MGP, GMA News