UAAP: Ateneo, La Salle fans urged to wear black vs. human rights violations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Ateneo and La Salle have always been considered rivals, but on Sunday they could be standing as one.

Both schools asked their communities to wear black clothes or accessories during the Ateneo-La Salle UAAP game on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena to "symbolically" express opposition to the growing number of alleged extrajudicial killings and the possible burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Ateneo President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ sent out a memo to the Atenean community inviting them 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 has released a similar memo inviting their community to don black clothes or accessories, adding that the same invitation is being extended to the Ateneo community.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the Ateneo and La Salle fans are free to express their concerns on the country's pressing issues.

"We live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to give an opinion, air his grievance, or voice his solidarity or disagreement with the government," he said in a statement on Saturday.