AFP says ‘we’re not enemy’ in soldiers’ visit to gardening sites on UP campus

MANILA, Philippines—Government soldiers made their presence felt on the University of the Philippines’ Diliman campus on Wednesday (Jan. 20) following the termination by the Department of National Defense (DND) of a deal that required prior notice to UP officials for the deployment of state security forces inside UP campuses.

Two trucks from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Task Force National Capital Region brought soldiers to areas on the campus supposedly to inspect the AFP unit’s urban gardening projects. The visit was meant to show that the military was not an enemy of UP, said Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson.

LOOK: Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines visit the UP Arboretum at the University of the Philippines (UP)…

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“This is proof that the armed forces is not an enemy,” Arevalo said at a press briefing, speaking in Fillipino. The visit was meant to show that “if the armed forces enters schools, like UP, it doesn’t mean there’s militarization but cooperation, coordination between soldiers and people in UP communities for progress,” he added.

“This is just one among the many circumstances that we could cite to you of

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Soldiers visit gardening project in Diliman days after DND ended pact with UP



a truck that has a sign on the side of a tree: Military trucks and personnel from the Armed Forces' National Capital Region Command visit their urban gardening project inside the UP Arboretum at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus in Quezon City on Wed., Jan. 20, 2021, days after the Department of Defense canceled the UP-DND accord meant to keep troops away from the campus. CHINO GASTON


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Military trucks and personnel from the Armed Forces’ National Capital Region Command visit their urban gardening project inside the UP Arboretum at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus in Quezon City on Wed., Jan. 20, 2021, days after the Department of Defense canceled the UP-DND accord meant to keep troops away from the campus. CHINO GASTON

Troops from the 7th Civil Relations Group of the Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday visited the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman to inspect their urban gardening project.

The visit was conducted days after the Department of National Defense (DND) decided to unilaterally abrogate the accord with the university banning military and police forces inside the campus if there is no coordination.

In a photo posted by GMA News reporter Chino Gaston on Twitter on Wednesday morning, military trucks and personnel could be seen entering the UP Arboretum.

 

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