La Salle University Ozamiz Orders Students to Wear Black as Support to EJK and Martial Law Victims?

La Salle University Ozamiz City ordered all their students and staff to wear black every Tuesday, from November 29, 2016 until March 2017, as support to extrajudicial killings (EJKs) and Martial Law victims. This is according to a letter, as approved and signed by Charm Femae L. Mendoza RGC, Vice Chancellor for Mission and Formation of the said university.

“We received a letter from our Auxiliary Visitor, Br. Jose Mari Jimenez FSC, in line with De La Salle Philippines call to take a heroic stance and proclaim our commitment to build a nation that protects human rights.” The DLSU Ozamiz City letter reads, bearing the title, “Urgent Actions on the Advocacy for Human Rights,’ and first shared at Thinking Pinoy Facebook page.

“In line with this, DLSU member schools are to implement the DLSP Network Programs for Sustaining their advocacy for human rights. All LSU students, faculty and staff ARE TO WEAR BLACK (tops) every Tuesday, starting tomorrow, November 29, 2016 until March 2017, to show solidarity with the victims of EJK and Martial Law.” The letter reads further.

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Apparently, some DLSU students said that that they are not really required to wear black, and that it still depends as to whether they like it or not.But judging from the memo, the verb “implement” and the phrase “ARE TO WEAR” suggest otherwise. One particularly student commented on the post, saying that the letter was not final, and was later modified.

“The instruction was further modified by the Administration of La Salle University. What you are posting was the initial which was then changed. Please gather your facts admin of this page. Sorry for this but you are putting the university’s name at stake.” The DLSU student wrote. But as of posting, we cannot find a copy of the supposed final memo.

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Last July 21, De La Salle Philippines (DLSP) President Br. Jose Mari Jimenez has voiced out his concerns about EJKs. In his lengthy pastoral letter, he wrote, “As a Catholic and a Filipino, I am deeply disturbed by the spate of killings that have attended this (Duterte) administration’s pronouncements regarding its anti-crime and illegal-drugs campaign.”

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