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Stella Quimbo says husband Miro part of talks for UP-DND accord

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Stella Quimbo is deploring the unilateral cancellation of the accord between the University of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense.

Apart from seeing the issue as a huge threat to academic freedom and freedom of speech, the Marikina congressman noted that it’s an issue close to her husband’s heart.

“Naaalala ko pa, bilang isang student leader at miyembro ng University Student Council, isa si Cong. Miro, kasama kaming mga kapwa niya mag-aaral sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, sa nakipaglaban para maitulak at mabuo ang kasunduang naging bahagi ng aming malayang institusyon sa loob ng halos tatlong dekada bago ito basta-basta na lang lusawin ng Department of National Defense,” the politiko said.

She went on to condemn the decision of the DND to suddenly revoke the accord.

“The unilateral abrogation of UP-DND Accord may threaten not only the safety of the members of UP Community, but also the basic rights to express dissent and mobilize,” Quimbo added. “UP must remain a cradle of free thought to carry out its purpose as the national university.”