State University in Bulacan decries Red-tagging

CITY OF MALOLOS – The administration of the Bulacan State University (BulSU) has slammed its inclusion as one of the educational institutions on the Facebook post of NTF-ELCAC last January 26, 2021, accusing several colleges and universities as targets for radicalization and recruitment of the left-wing Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New People’s Army (NPA). This was part of Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade’s statement and supported by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) through Undersecretary Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, their spokesperson.

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Screenshot of the NTF-ELCAC Facebook post

List of schools included

  1. UP DILIMAN
  2. UP MANILA
  3. The UNIVERSITY OF STO. TOMAS
  4. FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY
  5. POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
  6. UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST
  7. ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY
  8. UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI
  9. UNIVERSITY OF CALOOCAN CITY
  10. BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY
  11. ARELLANO UNIVERSITY
  12. HOLY TRINITY UNIVERSITY
  13. UP VISAYAS
  14. UP CEBU
  15. WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY
  16. EARIST – EULOGIO AMANG RODRIGUEZ INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  17. CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY
  18. EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE
  19. CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY
  20. BATANGAS STATE UNIVERSITY
  21. UP BAGUIO
  22. UP TACLOBAN
  23. MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY ILIGAN AND, MSU GEN SANTOS
  24. HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY
  25. TARLAC STATE UNIVERSITY
  26. BUKIDNON STATE UNIVERSITY
  27. BENGUET STATE UNIVERSITY
  28. IFUGAO STATE UNIVERSITY
  29. UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN PHILIPPINES
  30. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES
  31. ATENEO DE DAVAO
  32. XAVIER UNIVERSITY
  33. FILAMER CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
  34. CAPIZ STATE UNIVERSITY
  35. AKLAN STATE UNIVERSITY
  36. BICOL UNIVERSITY
  37. ATENEO DE NAGA
  38. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS UNIVERSITY

Official Statement of BulSU Executive Committee

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Official Statement from BulSU Executive Committee (Image from FB/bulsuofficial)

“This charge was made together with other schools which, through their statements, clarified and detest such identification as baseless and irresponsible,” according to the official statement from the BulSU Executive Committee released last Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

“We come to assert the same. The right to free speech, press, and assembly is a right guaranteed to every person, even to students and faculty. These rights are not shed whenever a person enters the school gates. However, while the University celebrates progressive ideas of its community, it has and will never support any movement that is aimed at the violent overthrow of the Government,” they added.

We remind the Undersecretary and NTF-ELCAC that the expression of opinion in controversial topics and criticism of societal wrongs are inevitable products of learning. The respect accorded by the University to free expression must neither be equated as tolerance to a certain group’s ideology nor be mistaken as sympathy towards a group that aims to overthrow the Government,” they said.

“In the spirit of justice and fairness, Bulacan State University accords respect and supports the Government’s intention to promote national peace. As an academic institution, we believe, and we are willing to work with any government institution or organization for a peace that is sought and achieved through peaceful undertakings alongside productive discourses,” they added.

What is Red-tagging?

According to a journal, Red-tagging or red-baiting is a “common strategy of state actors to intimidate and muzzle government-critical individuals, activists, human rights defenders as well as organizations who peacefully engage for their rights. They are labeled as state enemies, communist terrorists or members of communist front organizations – labels that give rise to human rights violations in the Philippines.”

However, in a statement from NTF-ELCAC, Redtagging is a myth created by the CPP NPA NDF to protect its fronts from being unmasked because those masks perform an important goal for them: they give the terrorist organization the cover it needs as they go about snatching our children from us, destroying our country and installing communism in our country.

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Sources

OBSERVER: A Journal on threatened Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines [Abstract]. (2014). OBSERVER: A Journal on Threatened Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines, 5(1). Retrieved January 29, 2021, from https://ipon-philippines.org/wp-content/uploads/ObserverJournal/Observer_Vol.6_Nr.1_RedBaiting2.pdf

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