2 senators urge UP regent to resign over Ateneo 'threat'

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Posted at Dec 03 2018 11:36 AM | Updated as of Dec 03 2018 12:52 PM

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The Ateneo Blue Eagles cheer after winning game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball championship at the MOA Arena in Pasay City on Saturday. Ateneo prevailed over UP, 88-79. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - At least 2 senators on Monday called on a University of the Philippines (UP) Board of Regents member to step down after supposedly suggesting violence against the basketball players of the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

UP Regent Frederick "Spocky" Farolan, in a Facebook post over the weekend, hinted that the Ateneo men's basketball team will not be complete in the second game of the championship match against UP because 3 of them will be injured.

He also suggested forming a "composite strike team" of all UP fraternities to take down the 3 players.

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This screen grab shows Farolan's controversial social media posts.
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This screen grab shows Farolan's controversial social media posts.

Farolan should tender his resignation immediately because his views "are totally unacceptable and a disgrace to the University of the Philippines," Sen. Francis Pangilinan, who was a former UP regent, said in a statement.

Senator Nancy Binay echoed this sentiment, saying Farolan should resign "out of delicadeza and out of love for UP."

"University officials should be the first in putting into practice our values of Honor and Excellence. Kahit sa sports, Dangal at Husay pa rin ang dapat na binabandera ng UP," she wrote on Twitter.

(Even in sports, UP should be upholding Honor and Excellence.)

"Kahit pa joke, it's simply unacceptable for a UP official to make such offhand remarks that promote a culture of violence," she added.

Farolan, she said, also previously "put UP in a bad light" with his remarks about the university's entrance exam.

The university regent, responding to criticism about the release of the exam results in April, was quoted in media reports as saying: "Siguraduhin 'nyo lang na papasa kayo ng UPCAT. Dahil kung hindi, lalaitin ko pati kaibuturan ng kaluluwa niyo."

(Make sure that you will pass the UPCAT because if you don't, I will insult you to the very core of your soul.)

Farolan later deleted his post about the Ateneo players and posted another message saying his earlier comments were sarcastic.

UP president Danilo Concepcion said he will take up the issue with the Board of Regents.

The UP Fighting Maroons lost to Ateneo in last Saturday's game.