The call to wear black while watching the ADMU vs DLSU basketball game at the MOA (SM Mall of Asia) this Sunday, October 2 was somehow ignored. Apparently, a bigger number of UAAP fans decided to wear the signature color of their favorite college basketball team – green for De La Salle Green Archers and blue for Ateneo Blue Eagles.
As noted at Spin.ph, there were several spectators who wore black as a sign of protest to the proposed burial of late-president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) and the increasing number of reports of drug-related extrajudicial killings in the country. However, more people wore either green or blue, or mixture of other colors.
According to an unnamed La Salle fan who decided to wear green and was interviewed by Spin.ph, there are really no extrajudicial killings and that it only depends on how people look at it. Another fan who also wore a green shirt noted that sports and politics should mix. On the other hand, an Ateneo fan said he wore black to show his support to the call.
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Last Friday, both Ateneo and De La Salle released a separate memo to their respective school communities, requesting them to wear black if they will watch the ADMU-DLSU basketball match, which marks their first meeting in the UAAP Season 7. As we all know, the rivalry between these two teams is being followed by tons of basketball fans.
This Saturday, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said that Malacañang will be respecting the rights of everyone who will participate in the so-called black Sunday during UAAP’s game. He added that it is fine to express their freedom to protest by wearing black, as long as it is legal and peaceful.
“Feel free, therefore, to express your concern on the burning issues of the day in the same way that we encourage both Ateneo and La Salle communities to step up and bring the blessings of their quality education by helping the government transform the many communities of the poor in our society,” Sec. Andanar said in a statement.