The University of the Philippines (UP) is trying so damn hard to be on President Rodrigo Duterte’s good side–and it’s so “un-UP.”
House opposition bloc leader, Ifugao lone district Rep. Teddy Baguilat had this to say Wednesday (April 19) in reaction to the UP Board of Regents’ (BOR) intention to bestow and honorary doctorate degree on Davao City mayor-turned-President Duterte.
“Sobrang obvious naman na nagsisipsip ang UP leadership. With due respect to the President, Ano nagawa nya sa UP as a system at sa komunidad na dapat parangalan siya?” said Liberal Party (LP) member Baguilat.
The congressman’s remarks–disdainful as they are–were magnified by the fact that he is a UP alumnus.
In short, the issue hits home for Baguilat, who has been a consistent critic of Duterte’s in Congress. He stopped short of saying that the President doesn’t deserve such honor, especially from UP.
“At sa totoo lang, ang UP bilang academic institution ay nagtataguyod ng kalayaan, karapatang pantao at demokrasya. These are the values n beliefs that UP stand for. Can our alumni honestly say that these are also the values that the President espouses?” Baguilat asked.
“Ayon sa kanya, di kasing halaga ang karapatang pantao kumpara sa kanyang nais na masugpo ang droga. Bukas siya at ilang beses na nagpahayag na kinakailangan ang Martial Law. Ilang beses din niyang sinabi na walang human rights ang mga kriminal,” he said of Duterte, before adding, “Ang isang UPian, Di ganyan magisip.”