Members of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) have been asked to wear black garments or put on black clothing accessories during Sunday's basketball match in solidarity with human rights victims.
In a memorandum released Friday, University President Jose Ramon T. Villarin SJ and Vice President for Social Development Jaime G. Hofileña, said this is "to express our solidarity with victims of human rights violations and with all others struggling to uphold human rights in the country."
"This is particularly in light of the considerable amount of sentiments and convictions already expressed by various sectors both of the Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle communities in opposition to the possible Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and the growing number of extrajudicial killings/summary executions in the country," it read.
Villarin, last July, also expressed concern over the spate of killings, most of them linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, as he sought justice for one of their teachers who was shot dead.
In a tweet by The Lasallian, the official student publication of De La Salle University, the university likewise urged attendees of the game "to wear black to show solidarity."
"The invite comes in light of sentiments by DLSU and ADMU opposing the Marcos burial at LNMB and concerning the rise of EJKs in the country," another tweet said.
The president of De La Salle Philippines, Bro. Jose Mari Jimenez, has earlier issued a pastoral letter calling on members of the Lasallian educational communities to speak up against the rising cases of drug- and crime-related killings.
Sunday's match is anticipated as the old rivals meet for the first time this UAAP season. Top-ranked De La Salle Green Archers will be facing second-seed Ateneo Blue Eagles without head coach Aldin Ayo who was suspended following his ejection in the first half of their game against University of the East (UE).
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