House approves on final reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND accord

Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

The House of Representatives passed the measure seeking to institutionalize the 1989 University of the Philippines-Department of National Defense (UP-DND) accord on third and final reading on Tuesday.

The lower chamber, with 179 affirmative votes, passed House Bill 10171, which seeks to institutionalize the said accord into the University Charter or Republic Act 9500.

Section 11. A. of the substitute bill states that “prior notification shall be given by the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, or any other law enforcement agencies, intending to conduct any police, military, or law enforcement operation in any UP campus nationwide to the UP president or the chancellor of the constituent university or the dean of the college concerned or the respective officers-in-charge, in the event of their absence, as the case may be, when the situation so warrants.”

The bill states that state forces are not allowed to enter unless they are involved in a hot pursuit or other emergency situation. No member of the PNP, the AFP, or any other law enforcement agency is permitted to access any of the UP campuses or regional units.

Meanwhile, only members of the PNP or AFP in full uniform and with official identification will be given admission onto the school or college in question if the request for help is approved.

Furthermore, search or arrest warrants may only be served on UP students, professors, or employees within the territorial jurisdiction of any UP campus or on any UP student, faculty, or employee after notifying the UP president, chancellor, or dean of the concerned institution.

According to the bill, state forces should also work with the UP campus security group.

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