An official of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) has resigned for inviting a daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to an event held on campus.
In a memo dated April 10, ADMU president Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin said he has accepted the resignation of Arete Executive Director Yael Buencamino.
Villarin said Buencamino offered to resign following the backlash over the presence of Irene Marcos at the opening of Arete’s Outdoor Art Installation program on April 7.
“In the spirit of transparency, Ms. Yael Buencamino has voluntarily offered to resign as Executive Director of Arete,” he said.
Arete is ADMU’s hub for creativity and the arts.
ADMU’s student council, the Sanggunian, demanded an apology and explanation from the Arete management over Marcos’ presence at the event.
Villarin apologized for what he called a “misstep” but clarified that it was not tantamount to ADMU turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed during the Marcos regime.
“If anything, they have strengthened the University’s unfailing commitment to help seek justice for the victims of the regime, to counter historical revisionism and to educate the Ateneo community regarding the regime’s pernicious effects on Philippine society,” he said.
ADMU has taken a vocal stand on martial law and the Marcos regime, condemning the transfer of the late dictator’s remains to the Libingan ng mga Bayani.