Jan 20, 2021 @ 21:45

UP Regent, three alumni in Senate file bill to turn UP-DND Accord into law

University of the Philippines (UP) Regent and Senator Joel Villanueva—a University of Santo Tomas (UST) alumnus—as well as UP alumni Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay and Grace Poe have filed a bill seeking to institutionalize the 1989 agreement prohibiting the uncoordinated entry of law enforcers into the national university’s premises.

Senate Bill Number 2002 would insert the stipulations of the 1989 agreement signed by then-Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos and then-UP President Jose Abueva as a new section of Republic Act Number 9500, or the UP Charter of 2008.

Under the bill, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and other law enforcement agencies would not be allowed to enter the premises of UP except in cases of emergency or hot pursuit (when the law enforcer has personal knowledge that a person committed a crime and is chasing after him).

Another exception is when UP officials request assistance from other law enforcement agency units in the area.

Meanwhile, the service of search and arrest warrants, as well as “invitations” for questioning, must only be done after prior notification to the UP President or the Chancellor or Dean of the concerned campus. When allowed, this must be done in the presence of UP police or security and at least two designated faculty members.

The bill also requires that law enforcers inform UP about the arrest or detention of any UP student, faculty or personnel anywhere in the Philippines. It also mandates that custodial investigations be held with prior notice to UP officials and in the presence of counsel.

The bill also seeks to prohibit law enforcers from interfering with peaceful protest actions within UP premises. It also seeks the establishment of a Joint Monitoring Group composed of the Faculty Regent, the Student Regent, the Vice-President for Public Affairs, the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Defense Undersecretary for Civilian Relations, the PNP Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, the PNP Director of the Civil Security Group, and the AFP Judge Advocate General. #

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