MANILA - A Commission on Higher Education official on Wednesday stressed that the commission values academic freedom and freedom of education after the military claimed that communists were recruiting in schools for its alleged "Red October" plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
Student and militant groups, as well as heads of some of the “red-tagged” universities, slammed the military for its allegation, saying this violates the rights of the students to think critical.
CHED OIC-Executive Director Cinderella Jaro said neither the military nor the police have reached out to the commission regarding the matter, but she said they respect the students’ right to air their opinion on various matters.
“The commission recognizes academic freedom, freedom of expression among state universities and its students,” Jaro said in a Palace press briefing.
Jaro, however, said: “Academic freedom should also take into consideration the rules, laws and regulations.”
“As long as they would not violate the laws, the commission would recognize their academic freedom and freedom of expression.”
The military earlier tagged 18 Metro Manila schools where communists were supposedly recruiting potential members.