Sec. Lorenzana Anounces DND Terminates "Agreement" with UP

The Department of National Defense (DND) under the leadership of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that the DND terminates "agreement" with the University of the Philippines (UP). 

In a statement released to the media, Sec. Lorenzana was quoted as saying "The Department is aware that there is indeed an ongoing clandestine recruitment inside U.P. campuses nationwidde for membership in the CPP/NPA.

The DND has unilaterraly terminated its 31-year-old agreement with the University of the Philippines banning the entry into the University of military and police forces if they have no prior coordination with UP officials. 

In a letter dated January 15, 2021, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana informed UP President Danilo Concepcion of the DND's decision to end the agreement, citing information that communists are recruiting students inside UP campuses.

"In pursuit of true national peace and development, it is time to terminate or aborgate the existing agreement with the end view if protecting and securing the institution and youth against the enemies of the Filipino people without sacrificing the freedoms we have preserved for about 30 years since the agreement was executed," Lorenzana said.

The accord, which was hatched under the first Aquino administration in June 1989, provided that the military and the police were prohibited from entering the premises of any UP campus or its regional units without prior notice to the UP administration.

Lorenzana said the pact was hindering the DND in providing “effective security, safety and welfare” of the students, faculty, and employees of UP.

The decision of the DND was due to the recent events indicated that a number of UP students have been identified as members of the Community Party of the Philippines (CPP/NPA) and claimed some of them were killed during military and police operations, while others were captured and surrendered to the authorities. 

The Secretary of the DND explained that the department was aware of the supposed "clandestine recruitment" inside UP campuses nationwide by the CPP/NPA and the accord was being used as "a shield or propaganda."

Read the Complete Letter of Sec. Lorenzana to UP:

Source: PNA

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