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Matapang lang sa salita! UP president disowns official’s threat vs. Blue Eagles


University of the Philippines president Danilo Concepcion has distanced himself and the school from the threat made by UP Board of Regents member Frederick Mikhail “Spocky” Farolan against the Ateneo de Manila University’s (ADMU) men’s basketball team.

In a statement Sunday (December 2), Concepcion said UP takes Farolan’s statement against the ADMU Blue Eagles seriously even if he claimed to have made it in jest.

“They do not in any way represent the values of the University, and the high esteem in which it holds sportsmanship, fair play, and civility in athletics as well as in other aspects of our academic and social life,” he said.

Concepcion said he plans to discuss Farolan’s actions with the Board of Regents.

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.

Farolan, who was appointed to his post by President Rodrigo Duterte, deleted his post after it drew negative reactions on social media.

He also said in a subsequent Facebook post that he was only being sarcastic about his threat against the Blue Eagles.