Statement on red-tagging of PLM
The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) was once again the subject of unscrupulous allegations made by a high official of the military, particularly of the NTF-ELCAC. According to reports circulating in the mass media, the military has identified the PLM as a recruitment haven for the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA). This is the second time the same official attempted to put the PLM in a bad light by red-tagging.
The PLM administration is not aware of any recruitment by the CPP-NPA on campus nor had it been previously advised by the authorities of such activities. By the way, all PLM classes are held online.
This allegation is a serious disservice to the men and women of the PLM and comes at a very bad time when its faculty, students and staff are struggling with the challenges of online education. Such distraction in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is indeed reprehensible.
The PLM faculty, staff, students and alumni are known for their passion for public service. In fact, among the recent graduates of the university are medical doctors who immediately joined the frontlines of the city of Manila's battle against COVID-19. Still more are in government service as legislators, judiciary and the executive branches of the Philippine government.
This latest attempt to red-tag the university is an insult to PLM's distinguished faculty, hardworking staff and dedicated students who are being prepared to join the country's future leaders in business, government and civil society.
Thus, as an institute of learning, the PLM is expected and shall continue to uphold the rights of faculty and students to pursue knowledge with the full protection of their inalienable rights to academic freedom.
Emmanuel A. Leyco
January 24, 2020