Respects DND’s move to terminate UP-DND accord
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Wednesday, January 20, said that he respects the decision of Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to abrogate a 1989 agreement with the University of the Philippines prohibiting the uncoordinated entry of military and police officers in UP campuses outside very limited circumstances.
In an interview right after he visited and distributed assistance to fire victims in Taytay, Rizal, Go said that Lorenzana’s move is only upholding what is best for the welfare of the community and its students, some of whom are reportedly being recruited to join subversive groups involved in armed struggle intended to incite rebellion and overthrow the government.
Go said that he supports the decision of Lorenzana, calling on the students not to worry as he assured that the rule of law will always be upheld, especially in promoting the welfare and freedom of expression of all Filipinos.
He also said that the military and police will always enforce the rule of law in fulfilling their duties.
Moreover, Go urged students and youth groups to focus on their studies and finish their education so that they can help the government and contribute further to the country’s development as “iskolars ng bayan.”
He also appealed to them to also uphold the rule of law and respect the democratic institutions. He added that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has a fixed term after being elected in an open and fair election and those against it may exercise their democratic right to pick their own leaders in 2022.