Up Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan also called the alleged interference a violation of the agreement between the university and the Department of National Defence (DND). As vice president of UP, De Vera said he insisted on a review of the 1989 agreement between UP and the DND, highlighting the limited capabilities and capabilities of the police up in the fight against crime and radicalism on campus. In 1989, JOSE Nemenzo, president of the UP, and Fidel Ramos, then Minister of Defense, reached an agreement limiting the capacity and presence of the police and military force in its large campuses and regional units. (PIA InfoComm/PNP PIO) „The University of the Philippines Diliman administration raises serious concerns about an incident that violated an agreement between the university and the Department of National Defense (DND) of June 30, 1989 and signed by up President Jose V. Abueva and the Department of National Defense Fidel Ramos,” Tan said. The 1989 agreement between Jose Abueva, then president of the UP, and Fidel Ramos, then Minister of Defence, which still exists today, dates back to the initial agreement of Soto Enrile, signed during the period of martial law. The official added that the incident was contrary to the agreement between UP and DND, as the university administration had not received any notification prior to the alleged monitoring. Mr. Tan asked the military to respect the agreement between UP and the DND and not to conduct intelligence activities on campus. „There was no intention to violate the existing 1989 agreement between the DND and UP,” she added. Tan said they would like to know why the AFP violated a 1989 agreement between the university and the government prohibiting the presence of police and army officers on campus without notice and prior approval from the UP administration. De Vera said cooperation in police training and information exchange was already part of the review of the agreement.
In addition, the 1989 agreement expressly stipulates that „no member of the police may carry out operations on UP campuses without prior consultation with or as requested by the UP authorities.” MANILA, Philippines – The Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (CHEd), Prospero de Vera, stressed the need to review a 1989 agreement between the Department of National Defence and the University of the Philippines (UP) that mentions the „prevalence of the drug problem” at the public university and the inability of its police to manage crime and extremism.