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Duterte gets heat from UP alumni for appointing thuggish Farolan: ‘Di namin ‘yan pinili!

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Prominent alumni from the University of the Philippines (UP) can only bow their heads in shame over the threat made by Board of Regents member Frederick Mikhail “Spocky” Farolan against the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles.

These alumni, who have distinguished themselves in various fields, took to social media to denounce Farolan’s actions and call for his resignation.

Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco clarified that Farolan got his post not because he was chosen by the UP community, but through an appointment by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Sa mga taga-Ateneo. Ito po ang hitsura ni Spocky Farolan. Presidential Appointee po siya sa aming Board of Regents. Kaya alam niyo na, di naman namin siya pinili. Pinilit lamang siya sa amin. Paumanhin po sa mga kabalbalang pinagsasabi niya, pero hindi rin kami sang-ayon sa mga iyon,” she said in a Facebook post.

Radio and TV host Gang Badoy apologized for Farolan’s behavior, which she hinted may be because of his association with Duterte.

“Dear Ateneo- Wag niyong pansinin yung isang taga Board of Regents. Sorry ha- medyo kapòs sa modo. May basbas kasi ng isa pang bitin sa baít. Apparently, bastos is contagious,” she tweeted.

Physician and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Gideon Lasco said Farolan should resign iver his behavior.

“UP deserves the highest standards from its highest officials, including members of the Board of Regents. Those who cannot live up to this expectation should have the delicadeza to immediately resign,”he tweeted.

Journalist Raissa Robles echoed Lasco’s thoughts.

“Resign, Frederick Spocky Farolan. You are a blasted blight to the UP and Academic Community. You do not deserve to be Regent,” she said in a tweet.

Farolan posted a status message on Facebook hinting about the use of violence against the Blue Eagles after the UP Fighting Maroons’ lost to them in the first game of the men’s basketball finals Saturday (December 1).

“Sayang hindi kumpleto ang players ng Ateneo sa Wednesday. Tatlo injured. Pili na kayo kung sinu-sino mga yon,” he said, accompanying his post with emojis of a devil.

The Fighting Maroons will face off with the Blue Eagles again on Wednesday (December 5) for the second game of the championship finals.

In replies to his post, Farolan suggested that UP-based frats could unite in harming three players of the Blue Eagles.

He later deleted his post and claimed he was just being sarcastic about his threat.