Soto-Enrile Agreement

State University will continue to stick to its long-standing agreement with the Department of National Defense, which prevents police and the military from entering a UP campus without authorization, according to UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan. The UP official expressed concern that the AFP had not followed the guidelines of the agreement between UP and DND. Mr. Tan acknowledged the need to review the agreement, as the current agreement does not provide for sanctions for those who violate its provisions. PNP`s proposal to revise the agreement between DND and UP came after Senator Ronald “Bato” urged Dela Rosa to maximize police visibility inside campuses. On the other hand, Mr. Tan indicated that interest in a further revision of the agreement was low. The 1989 agreement between Jose Abueva, then president of the UP, and Fidel Ramos, then Minister of Defence, which still exists today, dates back to the initial agreement of Soto Enrile, signed during the period of martial law. Colonel Noel Detoyato, from AFP`s Office of Public Affairs, said the presence of soldiers on campus is covered by the agreement between the DND and UP.

“We will not allow news collection,” he said, adding that this is why the agreement was signed. In 1989, JOSE Nemenzo, president of the UP, and Fidel Ramos, then Minister of Defense, reached an agreement limiting the capacity and presence of the police and military force in its large campuses and regional units. (PIA InfoComm/PNP PIO) General Oscar Albayalde, the head of the PNP, recently called for a revision of the agreement, known as the Soto Enrile Agreement, signed in 1982 by student leader Sonia Soto and then-Defence Minister Juan Ponce Enrile. Tan said they would like to know why the AFP violated a 1989 agreement between the university and the government prohibiting the presence of police and army officers on campus without notice and prior approval from the UP administration. QUEZON CITY, August 29 (PIA) —The French police chief, Police General Oscar D. Albayalde supports the opinion of the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee, Dr. Prospero De Vera, on the need to review the 30-year agreement between the Department of National Defence and the University of the Philippines that sets rigid conditions for the access of government security forces to UP campuses.