COMMISSION on Higher Education (Ched) chairperson Prospero de Vera III urged the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman on Monday, July 3, 2023, to review its operational engagement with police and other law enforcement agencies in the light of the sexual assault on a student over the weekend.
In a statement, De Vera confirmed the incident on Saturday, July 1, when a female student was sexually assaulted by an unidentified man along Ylanan Road inside the Diliman campus.
He urged the UP leadership to make necessary coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the conduct of investigation on the incident especially for the identification and arrest of the person behind the assault.
“This despicable criminal act is a wake-up call for the University of the Philippines to review and rationalize its security and safety policies, including its operational engagement with the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies in order to make the UP community safe and secure,” he said in a statement.
“Higher education institutions must remain as safe spaces for their students. I encourage anyone and everyone who has any information regarding the incident to report to the authorities to aid in the investigation. The University must spare nothing to ensure that justice is obtained for the victim and her family,” he added.
De Vera assured that necessary assistance will be given to the victim.
The UP Diliman (UPD) Office of the Chancellor said in a statement on Sunday, July 2, that it is already coordinating with the police, and more roving security personnel and UPD police officers will be deployed in different areas inside the campus especially after office hours.
Earlier, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said he is not inclined on reviewing the terminated 30-year-old agreement between UP and the Department of National Defense that bans military and police forces from entering the campus without prior notice to the school administration. (SunStar Philippines)