Baste Duterte disowns fan page calling for UP to be shut down

Sebastian “Baste” Duterte — CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

DAVAO CITY—The office of Davao City Vice Mayor and Davao City Mayor-Elect Sebastian “Baste” Duterte has disavowed a Facebook fan page that criticizes the opposition and its supporters.

The office also pointed out that this was not the first time fan pages had used the mayor-elect’s name as just two months ago the office warned the public about the existence of the pages.

“Remind everyone to be careful of social media accounts and pages claiming to be Vice Mayor Baste or representing the Office of the Vice Mayor of Davao City,” the office said in its March 28 post.

Among other appeals, the fan page also pushed for the signing of a petition to close the University of the Philippines and rename it Bagong Pilipinas University where CAT/ROTC (Citizen Army Training/Reserve Officers Training Course) is made compulsory.

Both training courses were compulsory in the past, but CAT, a training course for fourth-year high school students, was changed, while ROTC, which had 12 units in middle school, became optional since 2002. when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed legislation replacing it with the National Service Training Program, or Community Service Course.

With the looming appointment of presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte to the education portfolio, there was speculation that she would push for the reinstatement of both programs, although ROTC falls under the Higher Education Commission.

Her father, incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte, pushed for the reinstatement of ROTC, although a congressional bill has yet to be approved.


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