In a speech delivered to the other members of the UAAP, USC Chairperson Teresa Abril formally submitted the papers to pull the University of the Philippines out of the UAAP.
“This is a historic day not just for UP, but for all of us,’ said incumbent Chairperson Abril to a shocked parliament of student representatives from the eight Universities. She continued with a smirk, ignoring the reality of the impending athletic collapse of her school, saying, “UP has always enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the rest of the Manila University-states, but times change, and UP must now do what is best for UP. We do not see this as the end, we see this as a change of terms, a separation, you know, a re-imagining, while we both sort our shit out.”
“UP just needs a break from the other schools of the UAAP. UST is so overbearing, UE is so needy, and (we) don’t like the way ADMU keeps looking at our student ass(ociations)”
UE Representative Karl Asuncion was reported to have teared up, before attempting to raise an objection. He was overruled by Abril, who said “it’s not you, it’s your single-market system, and shifting policies.” Chairperson Abril was referring to UP’s discontent with the “one-to-one” shifting of transferees from other schools, which some in the University see as “under-par” and “not isko material,” which is why some commentators see the UPExit as ideologically-charged and prejudiced. Recent influx of Libertarian transferrees from the Middle Metro colleges has divided the UP community.
Other commentators, such as Political Science major and self-proclaimed-not-prejudiced-student Rudolf Arturo, are downplaying the Libertarian angle of the UpExit. “We need to understand that the UAAP has only made UP uncompetitive. I mean, the last time UP was athletically relevant was… what, the seventies? UP wants to prioritize its own people and its own development beyond the UAAP, maybe invest some of its energy into actually beneficial thing or stuff the UP is already good at, things like competitive speed reading as compared to stuff like Basketball, Soccer, or Athletics in general.”
Beside UE Rep Asuncion’s tearful sobbing, other negative reactions to UPExit include a response from UAAP Superpower UST, another founding member of the UAAP, released a statement via their own rep, Jojo Torres. “We strongly advise UP to reconsider pulling Article 50. The Metro is stronger when its schools are united, and pointless division among us only leaves us open to…. outside threats.”
He then looked to the opposite end of the hall, where DLSU Rep and former DLSU Special Forces Operative Dmitry Mendoza was licking his lips in anticipation for the eventual collapse of Manila, but it could also have been a coincidence.
Besides outside tension, there is also tension within the UP system. UPM has begun talks to secede from the University of the Philippines Diliman’s control and stay with the UAAP. Chairperson Teresa Abril said that UPM can try, but warns that they will send sternly-worded letters if they do.