Fri. Jun 18th, 2021

A bill has been filed at the Senate to institutionalize the banning or prohibition of military and police personnel inside the campuses of the University of the Philippines (UP), as stipulated in a long-standing agreement between UP and the Department of National Defense that the latter wants scrapped.

Senate Bill No. 2002, filed by Senator Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Grace Poe, and Joel Villanueva, seeks to amend Republic Act No. 9500 or the University of the Philippines Charter by requiring military and police personnel to first seek permission from UP officials before state security forces can conduct operations inside any of the university’s campuses.

“The same requirement of notification applies to any oral or written ‘invitation’ for questioning or similar purposes,” the bill read.

“In case of prior notification, the party serving the warrant shall coordinate closely with members of the UP police or security who shall accompany and assist them in the service of the warrants,” it added.

This means that all search or arrest warrants to be conducted within UP campuses must be done “within the territorial jurisdiction of any U.P. campus on any UP student-faculty, employee or invited participants in any official U.P. activity, as far as practicable, be done after prior notification is given” to UP officials. SOVEREIGNPH

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