MANILA – A professor from the University of Caloocan City (UCC) believes politics is behind the demolition of a building of the university which left thousands of students without classrooms when classes open next week.
Professor Rico Jaboya said outgoing Caloocan Mayor Enrico "Recom" Echiverri intentionally had one of the two buildings in the 7th Avenue campus demolished so that voters would be forced to vote for his son, Ricojudge, in the mayoralty race.
Ricojudge eventually lost to Oscar Malapitan, while the outgoing Caloocan mayor won in the congressional race against Along Malapitan, son of Oscar.
"Iyung building idinemolish kasalukuyan po nung kampanyahan. Ngayon po, kaya dinemolish iyan para iyung mga tao, lalo na iyung mga magulang ng estudyante ay mapilitang iboto si Echiverri dahil kapag hindi ibinoto iyan ay hindi matutuloy," Jaboya told dzMM.
"Iyun po ang magiging problema ngayon ng [incoming] mayor. Iyan ang iniwan ni Echiverri para sa papasok na mayor."
At least 3,500 students of the university will have no classrooms when they return to the university on June 17.
Jaboya said he and some fellow UCC professors and officials started standing up against Echiverri during the campaign period. This led to their firing.
"Namomroblema po ngayon ang mga opsiyal ng UCC. Sa katunayan nga po, tinanggal kami niyan e. Kami po ay nagkalakas ng loob na maging boses ng UCC nung mga panahon na 'yan nung kampanya, bigla kaming tinanggal sa hindi malamang dahilan," he said.
Jaboya said UCC has annual budget of about P74 million. He said this amount is not enough to improve the facilities of the university.
The building of the university was built in 1971, Jaboya said.