Ateneo, UP, DLSU set aside basketball rivalry to unite vs Marcos
Students of the Ateneo de Manila University, the University of the Philippines and De La Salle University set aside their rivalry in college basketball on Wednesday to unite against the sneaky burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
One by one, leaders of the so-called “Big Four” schools, except the University of Santo Tomas, spoke before thousands of anti-Marcos protesters, majority of whom were millennials, at the People Power Monument in Quezon City.
Before giving a message, Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin, S.J., sang the Ateneo chant “One Big Fight!” along with the crowd.
UP students and alumni in the rally also chanted “Unibersidad ng Pilipinas!” when Chancellor Michael Tan took the stage.
The chancellor thanked the students for attending the rally while the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the FEU Tamaraws are competing in a UAAP basketball match.
“Bihirang nagkikita kaming tatlong eskwelahan na Ateneo, La Salle and UP. So nagpapasalamat ako na dumating kayo dahil alam ko may game ngayon. But we have put aside UAAP and basketball kasi mas mahalaga ‘yung event natin ngayong hapon,” he said.
(“It’s rare for the the three schools – Ateneo, La Salle, and UP – to get together. So I thank you for coming here, knowing that there’s a game now. But we have to put aside UAAP and basketball because our event this afternoon is more important.”)
Tan said that, although he did not fully support the exhumation of Marcos’s remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, he encouraged UP members to “dig the truth up.”
“Dapat hukayin ang katotohanan. Kayo ang sususlat dito,” he said.
(“You should dig up the truth. It’s you who will write it.”)
“The millennials will write the history and it would be a history that would include this afternoon’s event,” he added.
De La Salle Philippines President Bro. Jose Mari Jimenez, meanwhile, criticized the “Change is Coming” campaign slogan of President Rodrigo Duterte, saying change for the entire nation should not depend on the decision of one person only.
“Sinasabihan tayo noon that ‘Change is coming.’ Kung totoong change is coming, ang totoong pagbabago ay hindi manggagaling sa iisang tao lang,” he said. “Wag po nating payagan na iisang tao lang ang magsasabi kung anong mabuti sa atin. Ang totoong pagbabago manggagaling sa ating lahat.”
(“We were told then that ‘Change is coming.’ If it’s true that change is coming, then true change will not come from just one person.”) /atm
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