UAAP fans ignore calls to wear black during Ateneo-La Salle game

Calls for unity against extra-judicial killings failed as UAAP fans ignored the memos asking them to wear black during the Ateneo-La Salle game.

Earlier, Ateneo President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin issued a memorandum encouraging the Atenean community to wear black to express "solidarity with victims of human rights violations and with all others struggling to uphold human rights in the country."

La Salle also released a similar memo to express opposition to the "possible burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and the growing number of summary executions in the country."

However, only a few wore black shirts and accessories while attending Sunday's ADMU vs. DLSU game at the Mall of Asia Arena. Majority preferred their school colors: blue for Ateneo and green for La Salle.

In a report aired on TV Patrol Weekend, a basketball enthusiast who was interviewed said he went to MOA to watch the game and have fun, nothing else. Another pointed out that he did not want to mix sports with politics.

Their refusal to heed to the call of university officials only means that Ateneans and LaSallians are free to decide on their own. Many also see it as a clear manifestation that the public does not believe the alleged EJKs.