The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) community showed strong condemnation of Duterte Die-hard Supporters (DDS) harassment to Skimmers organization, after their protest cheer went viral last week.
“With the increased instances of red-tagging by this oppressive state whenever the University raises awareness and action on societal issues, we will not and will never tolerate any kind of harassment or unjust behavior towards our constituents, whether we are facing a single troll or the whole Duterte administration. We won’t let this go unanswered,” said the members from several organizations of the UPV.
Specifically, Skimmers are the most target of online threats and harassment by pro-Duterte groups.
The competition brought their activist sides as they highlighted political issues from the current administration.
The group showcased media oppression and repression, “red-tagging” of students and schools, the administration’s “relationship” with China, specifically the issue with the West Philippine Sea, and the Rice Tariffication Law.
The students also pointed out CHED’s (Commission on Higher Education) memorandum to remove Filipino, Panitikan, and the Philippine Constitution subject in college, as well as government’s proposal for mandated ROTC (Reserved Officers Training Corps).
This Skimmers’ winning piece among other UPV organizations greatly triggered pro- and anti-Duterte groups’ furies.
The attacks against the members of the viral satirical cheer got more amplified after Mocha Uson, who is now the deputy administrator of OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration), shared a snippet of the Skimmers’ performance on her blog with caption, “Let’s kill the President daw? Yan na ba talaga ang tinuturo nila sa University of the Philippines ngayon?”
Pro-Duterte groups even went as far as publicizing the personal information of the members as they made #HandsOffSkimmers and #HandsOffUPV trending on social media.
The UP community has promptly defended their actions as quick as these criticisms went up online.
Eleven organizations participated in the cheering competition. Only Skimmers’ performance is yet uploaded online, so there are 10 more performances that need to be seen and heard.
This viral video might only be the introduction and probably more students can be attacked, but they assured their pride to keep fighting.
This annual UPV cheering competition has been a creative and entertaining protest of the students, pointing out political and social issues from their own university administration up to the national and global scope.