The spokesperson of president-in-waiting Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said their camp will not do anything about the groups calling for academic walkouts in protest of the incoming administration.
However, Atty. Vic Rodriguez reminded protesting students that they are not doing justice to the hard work and efforts of their parents to give them a good education.
“Hahayaan lang namin sila, karapatan nilang magprotesta… pero maawa naman kayo sa inyong mga magulang na nagsusumikap araw-araw, nagtatrabaho, nagpupuyat, yung iba ho siguro sa magulang ng mga batang yan ay nag-migrante pa, nagtatrabaho overseas workers. You are not doing justice to the hard work and efforts of your parents,” said Rodriguez, who is also the chief of staff of Marcos.
Rodriguez also questioned the motive of the students calling for academic walkouts.
“Nagra-rally kayo para ano? you’re resisting what a Marcos-Duterte? Binoto ho sila ng taumbayan kagaya ninyo, kung bumoto man kayo bumoto rin 31 million Filipinos why cant we just respect that,” he said.
Rodriguez said the UniTeam is extending its call for unity to these students.
“Tatandaan ninyo nagsalita na yung mahigit sa mayorya ng ating mga Pilipino. Ang napili nila ay si president-elect Bongbong at vice president-elect Inday Sara respetuhin natin yan at iisa lang ho ang bansa natin, iisa lang lahi natin, lahing Pilipino, bansang Pilipinas at isa lang ang ating collective future,” he added.
Rodriguez also pointed out that the protests are being staged even before Marcos officially becomes the president.
“When the time comes na official ng naupo si president-elect Bongbong at nakita ninyo na may mga dapat kondenahin that’s the time you go out, you do your protest but I think it is not fair for everyone for the great majority of the Filipino people for this very very small segment of the society to be disrupting our daily lives,” he stressed.