The University of the East (UE) has confirmed the dismissal of the high school students who were seen defiling the Philippine flag in a video that went viral a couple of weeks ago.
A clip of a then-unidentified student using the national flag as a mop circulated on social media on February 9, earning the ire of netizens.
In a statement released Monday night, February 22, in its official Facebook page, the university said it handed down the verdict—to the student who appeared on the video and the one who took it—on the grounds of the "gravity of their infraction." UE added that their former students' action was clearly an insult not only to their institution but also the country's ideals and traditions.
"We in the University of the East shall endeavor to strengthen activities inculcating respect to the Philippine flag, the anthem and other national symbols, and shall implement measures to monitor the strict compliance and observance of the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines by our students and members of our academic and non-academic personnel," part of it read.
The sanction, unlike the viral video, was met with mixed reactions, with some saying the students were too young for the punishment. Others, meanwhile, believe that the students had it coming.
Here's UE's full statement: