“Palibhasa taga-Luzon kayo!”: UP Students Bashed for Protesting Against Martial Law Declaration

On Wednesday, May 24, in the midst of gun shots and violence in Marawi City, students from the University of the Philippines marched a protest against the declaration of Martial Law over Mindanao, the day before.



The protest involved waving of placards and shouting calls of disagreement on the declaration.

2rZZtjU “Palibhasa taga-Luzon kayo!”: UP Students Bashed for Protesting Against Martial Law Declaration
Photo by Chester Higuit from Philippine Collegian Facebook page

UP students raised their concern that the Martial Law will only worsen the case of human rights violation in Mindanao.
By the end of their Peace and Justice Candle Lighting Action activity, the students lighted candles for the victims and the dead of the Marawi incident.
2rZZtjU “Palibhasa taga-Luzon kayo!”: UP Students Bashed for Protesting Against Martial Law Declaration
Photo by Chester Higuit from Philippine Collegian Facebook page.

Photos of their recent protest were posted on the Facebook page of Philippine Collegian.
However, this protest was met with fury and disappointment by citizens who are in favor of the recent declaration.
How I wish you were in Marawi. And how I wish you were the ones who got kidnapped or beheaded. Cguro iba ang pananaw nyo,” wrote one netizen as a response to the protest.
Ano kaya sa tingin nila ang solusyon? Mag rally dun sa downtown Marawi? 🙂at magsisisigaw ng no to martial law? o kaya magsindi ng kandila doon…ano kaya ang maitutulong ng kandila sa problema ng Marawi?” another netizen added.
Some netizens responded by saying that the reason these UP students lack understanding of the situation is because they are not from Mindanao.
Palibhasa taga Luzon kayo,” wrote one netizen.
Some netizens accused the UP students of brainwashing the people instead of helping unify the country.
Mindanaoans showed their dismay over the protest, claiming that Martial Law has made them feel secure since police and military are seen patrolling the streets.
Facebook user, Bianca Rab, wrote: “I’m from Mindanao currently experiencing Martial Law here. I would like to inform you guys na ayos po at safe kami dito, safer pa kase nga may police and military visibility.


I was once an activist. And the authenticity of which we fight before is not connected with the views of one side but the views of many people and people that are oppressed. Taga Mindanao ako. Tubong Mindanao… Nakaka dismaya kasi ang mga tao na wala namang experiesya kung ano talaga nangyayari sa aming lugar ay sila pa ang mas magaling kung ano nakakabuti sa amin,” Facebook user, Ruzell Tamayo, added.
 
Video of Mindanaoan, Chito Samontina, who explained the side of the residents of Mindanao regarding the proclamation of Martial Law and called for national unity, has gone viral, reaching up to 7.6 million views and 280 thousand shares since its upload yesterday.


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The recent protest by the UP students sure did spark different reactions and opinions from people. Online discussions and debates are still ongoing regarding the topic.
Through time, UP students have gained infamy from netizens due to their protests on government issues and concerns.

Source :TTPh
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