Manila mayor threatens to revoke UE permit for failure to suspend classes
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday threatened to revoke the permit of the University of the East which did not suspend classes in defiance of his order.
Moreno said that if UE refuses to follow orders of the city government, it must move out of the capital city.
“University of the East, wag matigas ulo niyo ah. Nagdeklara na kami ng suspensyon ng klase. Ngayon, kung ayaw niyong sumusod, umalis kayo sa lungsod ng Maynila. We will withdraw your permit to operate in the City of Manila (Do not be stubborn, UE. I have declared the suspension of classes in all levels, Now, if you cannot follow city government orders, then you better move out of Manila),” Moreno said after receiving reports that UE only suspended classes up to Grade 12.
Moreno ordered the suspension of classes in all levels in public and private schools in Manila due to inclement weather.
“We are after the welfare of our students, we owe it to the public. You harmonize with the city government,” Moreno stressed.
Moreno announced the suspension of classes in Manila at 9:49 a.m. But UE Manila only suspended its classes from Kinder up to Grade 12 an hour later as shown in its advisory posted in its Facebook page at 10:52 a.m.
[OFFICIAL UE ANNOUNCEMENT, July 1, 2019] Kinder to Grade 12 classes from 12 noon onwards today, in UE Manila and UE Caloocan, are suspended. Please be guided accordingly. Thank you.
According to Moreno, he has received a number of complaints regarding the failure to comply of UE to the announcements class suspensions by the government.
“Marami na akong natatanggap sa inyo, ngayon meron na naman. Wag naman. Makisama naman kayo sa pamahalaang Lungsod. Eh ayaw niyo pa lang makinig samin eh, eh ‘di umalis kayo sa Maynila. You’re not welcome here,” he said.
“We are only after sa kaligtasan ng mga estudyante dahil ang mga magulang ay nagaalala. Nothing more, nothing less,” he added.
Shortly after Moreno issued his warning, UE suspended its classes for all levels for both its Manila and Caloocan branches.
[Official UE Statement, July 1, 2019; 1 p.m.]Classes in ALL LEVELS in UE Manila and UE Caloocan for today are now suspended.Please be guided accordingly. Thank you.
(Editor: Gilbert S. Gaviola)/kga
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