UP Visayas denounces threats against students over critical cheer routine
MANILA, Philippines — University of the Philippines Visayas has defended its students after receiving online attacks over a cheer routine criticizing the Duterte administration.
In a statement released Sunday night, UP Visayas pointed out that the annual cheering competition in the university contained satirical commentaries and forays on current national issues and university policies.
The university noted that the satirical cheers and yells
“In UP Visayas, we encourage our students to think critically and allow them to exercise their freedom of expression,” the statement read.
UP Visayas also said it assures their students of protection while inside the campuses.
“We remind them to exercise prudence in their actions, thus, we denounce all forms of threats and harassment hurled against them,” UP Visayas said.
A video clip that went viral on Twitter showed a group called Skimmers, an academic organization of students taking up Communication and Media Studies and Literature, criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy towards China.
“Welcome to the Philippines, province of China!
At the end of the 29-second clip, the Skimmers chanted “Let’s kill this president
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The Skimmers, who won first place in the university’s cheering competition, also tackled issues on the Rice
Bloggers and social media users supportive of the president took offense of the cheer routine and resorted to online attacks against the students, some even red-tagging them.
The UP Visayas University Student Council and student organizations have received a unity statement against harassment against members of the Skimmers.
“With the increased instances of