The Ateneo and La Salle community have joined forces to show their united stand against Extra Judicial Killings, Human Rights Abuses and the imminent Marcos burial the the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
In a separate statement released Friday September 30, 2016 by the Ateneo de Manila University President Jose Villarin SJ and Vice President for Social Development Jaime Hofileña and La Salle President Br. Raymund Suplido FSC, the three university leaders have urged their respective school communities to wear black in the ADMU-DLASU UAAP game on Sunday October 2.
“Members of the Ateneo de Manila University community who will attend the ADMU-DLSU UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball game this Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City, are invited to wear black garments (i.e. arm bands, scarves, bandanas), to express our solidarity with the victims of human rights violations and with all others struggling to uphold human rights in the country”, according to Ateneo’s letter.
On the part of La Salle it also echoed concerns over the emerging culture of death through the increase of Extra Judicial Killings and the possible Marcos burial at the LNMB.
“In light of the considerable sentiments and convictions expressed by various sectors of both De La Salle and Ateneo de Manila University communities, expressing; (a) opposition to the possible Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and (b) impassioned concern about the emergence of a culture of death stemming from the increasing number of extrajudicial killings in the country,those of you who may be going to the DLSU-ADMU UAAP men’s basketball game this sunday, october 2, 2016 are invited to consider symbolically (re-)expressing such sentiments and convictions by wearing either black garments (i.e. shirts, blouses, jackets, sweaters) or black clothing accessories (i.e arm bands, scarves, bandanas) on the occasion”, according to the letter from De La Salle.