DILG supports abrogation of DND-UP deal

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) --  The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today expressed support to the recent act of the Department of National Defense (DND) abrogating the 1989 University of the Philippines (UP)-DND accord.
“The agreement has become obsolete and no longer attuned to the times. It was signed way back in 1989, three years after the end of the Marcos dictatorship. The times have changed. The conditions have changed,” DILG Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Usec. Bernardo Florece said of their agency's support for the termination. 
Florece agreed with the DND of the ongoing clandestine recruitment inside UP campuses by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) through its various front organizations and that the agreement is being used by the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) to allow them to operate freely. 

"This fact has been tolerated by the government for a long time out of respect for the agreement,” he added.
In a letter to the UP President, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza said, “By reason of national security and safety of UP students, this Department intends to remedy this situation by terminating or abrogating the existing ‘Agreement’ in order for us to perform our legal mandate of protecting our youth against CPP-NPA recruitment activities.”

The Defense chief said recent events undeniably show that a number of UP students have been identified as CPP-NPA members, some of them have been captured or surrendered while others have been killed in armed encounters with the military and police.

Lorenzana said it is time to terminate the existing agreement in pursuit of true national peace and development in order to protect and secure the institution and the youth against the enemies of the State without sacrificing the freedoms that have been preserved for about 30 that the “agreement” has been in effect. (PIA NCR)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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