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UP President questions presence of armed PNP officers on Diliman campus

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 9/14/2018 Parco, Bernadette
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UP President Danilo L. Concepcion has sent a letter to Philippine National Police to inquire on the presence of three uniformed and armed PNP officers at the UP Diliman Campus on Wednesday, September 12.

“The UP community is deeply alarmed by this intrusion and the possible reasons for its undertaking, and I am writing to inquire (1) if you or your local superintendents were aware of, and authorized, this visit; and (2) if so, what its official purpose was,” Concepcion asked the PNP chief in his letter.

Concepcion noted that UP, the police, and military authorities have an agreement to observe prior coordination.

And that the objective of the said arrangement is "to prevent any misunderstandings, particularly as UP Diliman has its own police force to deal with minor incidents and disturbances."

“Such sudden and uncoordinated intrusions tend to raise concerns about the repression of civil liberties and human rights, and I hope that you will respond to allay those concerns and assure us that these incidents will not recur under your administration.”

Concepcion related that witnesses said the police officers went to the residence of Student Regent Ivy Joy Taroma, looking for her without disclosing their reasons, then proceeded to Palma Hall.

The witnesses took pictures of the visit and these surfaced on social media, provoking protests from student leaders, including Taroma.  — BAP, GMA News

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