We, the undersigned faculty members of the UP Diliman Department of Computer Science strongly denounce how the AFP, Police, DSWD and Paramilitary groups forcefully took away students and teachers staying at the University of San Carlos – Talamban Campus.
One of two teachers arrested was our honor graduate, Mr. Chad Booc, who teaches Mathematics at the Lumad School and is working to improve on the Manobo Dictionary, a translation app.
We join the chorus of condemnations against the invasion of the University of San Carlos (a partner institution of the ERDT consortium); the abuse of children (described as a “rescue” operation); the maltreatment of cultural minorities and the utter disrespect for the SVD, the religious community in whose retreat house the Lumads stayed.
We call for the immediate release of all the detainees.
Ivan Carlo Balingit
Vena Pearl Bongolan
Kristofer delas Penas
Ligaya Leah Figueroa
Paul Rossener Regonia
Ma. Rowena Solamo
Adrian Roy Valdez
Philip Christian Zuniga