first_img“It’s a free country, they can dish outjokes, criticisms,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, referringto the satirical cheer dance performance of some students of University of the Philippines-Visayas(UPV) in Miag-ao, Iloilo that tackled political and social issues that alsotook swipe at Duterte’s policy in dealing with China. “Oh, it’s a joke. The President alsosays the word ‘kill.’ They might only be imitating the President,” Panelo said. Following the now-viral satirical cheer,UPV has condemned the threats and harassment against its students. Skimmers, an academic organization of students from the University of the Philippines-Visayas in Miag-ao, Iloilo, perform a cheer-dance routine critical of President Rodrigo Duterte. Charot” is gay term, which means “justkidding.” “In UP Visayas, we encourage students tothink critically and allow them to exercise their freedom of expression. We alsoassure them of protection while they are inside the campuses. We remind them toexercise prudent in their actions, thus, we denounce all forms of threats andharassment hurled against them,” the university said in a statement. MANILA – It is only “natural” forPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters to hit back at students who performed acheer dance routine critical of the Chief Executive and his administration,according to Malacañang. Panelo also dismissed the chant of thestudents, saying “Let’s kill the President. Charot!” The cheering performance of theSkimmers, an academic organization of students from the Division of Humanities,tackled issues related to the West Philippine Sea, the removal of Filipino inthe college curriculum, and the government’s call for mandatory ReserveOfficers’ Training Corps for senior high school students among others./PNlast_img

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