ILOILO City – University of the Philippines Visayas College of Arts and Sciences Social Science Division Prof. Tomasito Talledo just received a threat to his life early morning today, Tuesday.
In a message from a suspected troll account, the suspect quipped “May pa hands-off Sir Tom pa ngayon ang mga estudyante mo Tomas! Pagkatapos mo silang na-brainwash.”
The suspect went on and threatened Professor Talledo “Huwag kang mag-alala, malapit na lang matapos ang buhay mo.”
Last week, Professor Talledo was also attacked by trolls tagging him as a recruiter of the New People’s Army and blaming him for the death of Malvin Christian Cruz who was killed by the 61st IBPA in a clash last June 29.
In a statement, the UPV SAMASA Alumni Association condemned the harassment against Professor Talledo who they said “is a public intellectual, an esteemed scholar who has mentored generations of morally upright citizens of our Inang Bayan.”
The Association furthered that the attacks against Professor Talledo “confirm the correctness of our concerns that the “mere suspicion” standard of the recently enacted “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” is not only unconstitutional, but likewise reckless and that the Act does not really address the root causes of terrorism. It is actually against “terrorists”, as defined by the law itself (i.e., “mere suspicion”).”
“We call on our fellow Iskolar ng Bayan – the Scholars of the People – to rise with one voice to protest this blatant violation of Prof. Talledo’s constitutional rights, and to protect him from further harassment and threats,” said SAMASA.
The group also called on the Filipino people to never be silent and always be witnesses to and advocates of democracy and the rule of law./www.panaytoday.net