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Andanar to ADMU, DLSU: Wear what you want, we’re in a free country

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Malacañang has downplayed the call of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) for the members of their communities to wear black for the highly anticipated game between their basketball teams in the UAAP Sunday (Oct. 2).

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Ateneans and La Sallians can wear black to make a statement against extrajudicial killings in the country and the proposed hero’s burial for the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

“We live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to give an opinion, air his girevance, or voice his solidarity or disagreement with the government as long as the means used is peaceful, legal and constitutional As we learned in our class, ‘I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,’” he said in a statement Saturday (Oct. 1).

“Feel free, therefore, to express your concern on the burning issues of the day in the same way that we encourage both Ateneo and La Salle communities to step up and bring the blessings of their quality education by helping the government transform the many communities of the poor in our society,” Andanar added.

The Palace official took the opportunity to encourage the public to join the adminsitration’s war against drugs, especially since it is about to start its second phase, which includes treatment and rehabilitation of drug dependents.

Presidents of Ateneo and La Salle have called on basketball fans from their respective schools to forego wearing their school colors of blue and white, and green and white, respectively, at the Oct. 2 game between the Blue Eagles and Green Archers as a sign of solidarity with victims of human rights and those fighting for it.

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