Dalisay: "UP Students are Permitted to Join Protest Actions As Long As..."

Dr. Jose "Butch" Dalisay, Jr and UP Protesters (CTTO)

Fresh News: On Friday, February 2, 2018, a high-ranking official of the nation's state university said that students of the University of the Philippines are permitted to join protest activities as long as they conform to their scholastic necessities.

These words came out after President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, cautioned UP students that he will give their slots to indigenous individuals on the off chance that they continue skipping class to challenge his administration's policies.

President Rodrigo Duterte and UP Oblation (CTTO)

In response, Dr. Jose "Butch" Dalisay, Jr., UP vice president for public affairs said that all people have the right to express their opinions, whether they students, professors or a president.

"Lahat tayo ay may karapatang magpahayag ng kanya-kanyang mga palagay, maging estudyante ka man o professor o pangulo," said Dalisay.

Dalisay, who is also an award winning author, likewise teaches at the College of Arts and Letters said in an interview that the display of belief by taking public action have for quite some time been a part of the school's tradition and often includes protests to anyone sitting in Malacañang.

He also mentioned that the university doesn't force endorses on student demonstrators, however recognized that there is a point of confinement to their activities and if there will be a lot of student absences for any reason other than illness, they will be given a failing grade.

UP Demonstrators (CTTO)

"Madalas ay kasama rito ang pagprotesta sa kung sino man ang nakaupo sa Malacañang. Kaya hindi na po nakakagulat itong mga ganitong pangyayari," Dalisay said.

He added, "Kung masyado ng maraming absences sa estudyante para sa kung ano mang dahilan maliban sa pagkasakit...pwede siyang mabigyan ng failing grade doon sa kanyang subject."

Although Dalisay concurred that UP students ought not to sacrifice school by skipping class to go to the protest, considering they are upheld by taxpayers' money, he then pointed out that knowledge can't be learned in school alone, and that students can also gain a lot in social experience.

He also said that if students will miss their class, it's a problem for them to compensate and they should not sacrifice their responsibilities as scholars of the nation, however, school doesn't expel students simply in light of their political views.

University of the Philippines(CTTO)

"Pero ang sasabihin naman po ng iba ay hindi lang sa classroom nakakakuha ng kaalaman. Sa paglabas din sa classroom, sa mismong karanasan sa lipunan, may matutunan din 'yan," Dalisay said.

He added, "Kung makaka-miss man sila sa kanilang klase ay problema na nila 'yung bumawi sa kanilang classroom work. Kasi hindi naman pwede masakripisyo 'yung kanilang talagang pananagutan sa pamantasan."

"Wala po tayong political na pamantayan para sa pag-e-expel ng estudyante. Sapagkat, kung pag ginamit sa UP 'yan ay baka...ilang henerasyon ng estudyante ang na-expel na dapat noon,". Dalisay uttered.

Source: ABS-CBN

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