People who will watch the UAAP basketball match between in Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) this Sunday, October 2 are being invited to wear black, as protest to the proposed burial of the late-president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and extrajudicial killings in the country. However, a netizen does not agree with the idea.
In a ADMU memo released last Friday signed by University President Jose Ramon T. Villarin SJ and Vice President for Social Development Jaime G. Hofileña, spectators of the said event are requested to wear black (T-shirt, blouse, sweatshirt, jacket, arm band, etc.). Its purpose is to express solidarity with victims of human rights violations in the country.
“This is particularly in light of the considerable amount of sentiments and convictions already expressed by various sectors both of the Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle communities in opposition to the possible Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and the growing number of extrajudicial killings/summary executions in the country.” It said.
Likewise,a memo from La Salle President Br. Raymundo B. Suplido to the members of the DLSU community dated September 30, 2016 has the same request and concerns. But according to Krizette Laureta Chu, the invitation to wear black in the upcoming UAAP game is unfair, noting that it is really not a request but a must-do for all attendies.
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And because of this, the DLSU graduate said she will stop donating funds to alumni office and will withdraw all her financial support to the Green Archers. In addition, she vowed to help any upcoming fundraising activities of the university. But in the end, Krizette clarified that she never contributed money nor have watched any UAAP game since graduation.
Credit: Krizette Laureta Chu Facebook
We at TN respect everybody’s opinion on politics, as well the freedom of expression. But while the call to wear black to show protest is one of them, we agree with Krizette Laureta Chu that it is more of a command than a request. What if only a few or one of the spectators refuse to wear black? Isn’t it ironic that his or her rights will also be violated?