Jan 20, 2021 @ 20:45

IBP prez Cayosa: No need for accord to prevent law enforcers’ abuses versus UP students

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) National President Domingo Egon Cayosa claimed that the University of the Philippines (UP) community does not need the 1989 agreement that prevents law enforcers from committing abuses against students, faculty and employees.

Even if the abuses happened, Cayosa argued in One News’ show “The Chiefs” that they can just claim rights to freedom of expression and academic freedom under the 1987 Constitution afterwards.

“Sa totoo lang, hindi naman ‘yan kinakailangan ng UP, sapagkat ang ating karapatang malayang pamamahayag, mag-isip, mag-critique, at mag-aral, nasa Konstitusyon. Wala ‘yan sa agreement na ‘yan,” he said.

Cayosa also claimed in the show that legally speaking, the lack of a termination clause and end date in the 1989 agreement signed by then-Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos and then-UP President Jose Abueva meant the Department of National Defense (DND) can abrogate it one-sidedly any time he wants.

“In terms of the agreement, any of the parties can walk away from it. If you talk about legalities, the DND can actually terminate it, kasi wala naman ‘tong termino, wala namang limit,” he said.

Cayosa said the controversy is “not about legality,” but about “fairness and courtesies.”

He also thought that the Duterte administration may look insecure because it found the requirement of prior notification to be enough to stop its law enforcement activities.

“What might be perceived is that mukhang may insecurity ang gobyerno kasi ‘yung mga nakaraang gobyerno, they were so confident… kahit bigyan ng kalayaan at puwang ang UP, kaya nilang patakbuhin ang gobyerno and accomplish their mission,” Cayosa said. #

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