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Did UP Really Declare Duterte Persona Non Grata?

Or was it just a tactic prior to PiliPinas Debates Round 2?
by Andrei Medina | Mar 21, 2016

Just a day before the second leg of the PiliPinas Debates 2016 in Cebu City, a supposed board resolution from the University of the Philippines (UP) declaring presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as persona non grata made the rounds online.

However, UP's Vice President for Public Affairs denied this in a statement on Sunday saying the supposed “Board of Regents Resolution No. 103, Series of 2016” was fake.

"In very clear and in no uncertain terms, the university would like to make it known that the Board of Regents has not made any such issuance. There has been no resolution of such nature passed by the Board,” UP Vice President for public affairs Prospero de Vera said.

De Vera also condemned the dragging of UP’s name into partisan politics, adding that they are pursuing possible legal actions. “University authorities have undertaken the necessary steps to investigate the matter, with the aim of making those responsible for the malicious act, liable under relevant laws,” he added

On Sunday, Duterte attended the second PiliPinas 2016 Debates held at UP-Cebu where he traded barbs with the other presidential candidates.

Supporters of the tough-talking mayor recently bashed and threatened a student of UP Los Baños who was supposedly rude in asking Duterte some questions during a forum.

The student clarified in an open letter that he did not intend to disrespect Duterte and further explained his side on the matter.

In a previous incident, another UP student who filed a disqualification case against Duterte was also threatened by his supporters.

 

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