By MARC MENDIOLA
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — “Kakalampagin natin sila (BSU Admin)!” said Governor Cresencio Pacalso to the student leaders of Benguet State University (BSU). This was the immediate remark of the governor after reading the letter submitted by the students requesting his support to the students call for BSU Admin to investigate alleged abuses of the Reserved Officer Training Corps.
Student leaders of BSU went to the Capitol on October 17, 2016 to submit the said request to the governor as a follow-up result of the dialogue between the governor and the youth and students on October 1, 2016 at La Trinidad Municipal Hall.
Around August of this year, a student of BSU opened up to another concerned student regarding the abuses committed against them during their ROTC training. According to the victim, they were physically abused and were forced to masturbate in front of their ROTC officers. Some of the female cadets were forced to sleep in the office of their male officers.
There were already two open letters from concerned students and to Dap-ay, an organization of BSU students, and a statement by the Anakbayan-Cordillera released regarding this issue. Until now, there has been no action from the BSU administration.
Gov. Pacalso said that after reviewing the letter of request, he will send a letter to the BSU Admin to investigate the anomalies of the ROTC in BSU. If the BSU Admin makes no concrete action on this matter, he said that he will open it to their board meeting and will also invite the students to voice out their issues with the BSU administration.
Meanwhile, Dap-ay with other BSU students are now launching a signature campaign and documentation to further strengthen their campaign to push the BSU administration to investigate these abuses and later to call for the abolition of the ROTC. # nordis.net