ILOILO CITY – Earlier today, students from UPV Miagao experienced harassment by intimidation and interrogation by members of the UPV Special Security Forces (UPV SSF) after conducting their annual One Billion Rising and Lightning Protest initiated by Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayanan (SAMASA UPV) and Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral at Kabataang Kababaihan (SAMAKAKA UPV).
Several members of the UPV SSF stationed at the entrance of CUB where the protest action happened. Two (2) of them approached the participants of the protest action asking to speak to the leader of SAMASA-UPV as they wanted to ask some questions and that “their chief wishes to speak directly to the leader of SAMASA in their office”. The UPV SSF were not able to provide a reason for their interrogation. A few minutes later, the two (2) UPV SSF were seen surveying CCTV Footage to further identify the participants of the protest actions.
SAMASA UPV condemned the act as it curtails their democratic rights inside the university. SAMASA UPV called on the people to remain vigilant and that the UPV administration stand with the students in protecting their right to speech, expression, and assembly. /PT