Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University may be fierce rivals when it comes to basketball—but they've both decided to do something similar during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Sunday, October 2.
GMA News Online reports that Ateneo President Jose Villarin has asked members of their community who will watch the basketball game against La Salle to wear black.
In his statement, Villarin said wearing black would be their way to "express solidarity with victims of human rights violations and with all others struggling to uphold human rights in the country."
The report noted: "The solidarity gesture is also an affirmation of their opposition of the possible burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and the growing number of extrajudicial killings / summary executions in the country."
For his part, Brother Michael Broughton, vice president for Lasallian Mission, also made a similar request for La Salle community members.
In his memo, Broughton said, "In light of considerable sentiments and convictions of expressed by various sectors of both the De La Salle and Ateneo de Manila university communities expressing opposition to the possible Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and impassioned concern about the emergence of a culture of death stemming from the increasing number of extrajudicial killings in the country, those of you who may be going to the DLSU-AdMU UAAP men's basketball game this Sunday are invited to consider symbolically expressing such sentiments and convictions by wearing either black garments or black clothing accessories."
To date, more than 3,000 people have died in connection with the government's drug war.