I can connect with the reactions of the students from the University of the Philippines against Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales’ recent bark at the state university. He lashed at UP for its supposed reputation as breeding ground for “destabilizers” and also of “running naked men”. The heavens may have mercy on this hawk official.
I think the man is one of RP’s most scornful, derisive or disdainful destabilizers.
This is not intending to malign further the (in)justice secretary, with due respect to the office he is holding, and the people for whom that office works (supposedly, again).
In 1996, ten years ago, I met then Iloilo City Rep. Gonzales in a function in Iloilo City. Then he got the ire of the academic community in UP Visayas. He has campaigned that UP Visayas return the lot of the university’s Iloilo City campus to the city government, which the latter donated to UP since 1947 (If I’m not mistaken.) UP has two campuses in Iloilo, in Iloilo City and in seaside Miagao town (where I studied).
Back then, he was already controversial and ferocious especially with the media who hit him left and right.
If individuals who articulate peoples’ rights and censure the government for its omissions are “destabilizers”, then what kind of citizens does he envision for the country? UP students do not like him. I say a lot of prayers for Mr. Gonzales who choose to spew firee verytime he speaks. The man, I suppose, has a good side to shed. This critic is meant for his acts as an official of the Arroyo administration, not a direct attack on his person. But as MindaNews reporter Froilan G. said: here is one man you love to hate because he will increase the number of Anti-GMA recruits.
As for members of the Alpha Phi Omega running in campus in their birthday suit to scorn Gonzeles: Good idea! Keep it up and live up to the UP tradition of fiery and meaningful activism.