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UP official in hot water for threatening safety of Ateneo players

MANILA – A member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines (UP) is under fire for posting a message on social media, hinting three member of the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles will be "injured" for Wednesday's Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals.

In a post on Facebook, UP Regent Frederick "Spocky" Farolan said the Ateneo men's basketball team will not be complete on Wednesday as three of them will be injured.

"Pili na kayo kung sinu-sino mga yon (Just choose who these will be)," he added.

He even suggested forming a "composite strike team" composed of members of all UP fraternities to take down three members.

Netizens expressed shock at Farolan's comments, which seemed to advocate the use of violence.

It was only last month when UP-based fraternities Upsilon Sigma Phi and Alpha Phi Beta reportedly figured in a brawl. 

A few days after, screenshots of conversations attributed to members of the Upsilon have gone viral for misogynistic, homophobic, and Islamophobic content.

Farolan later deleted his post after it went viral. 

He posted another message, saying his comments were sarcastic.

Following Farolan's posts, UP president Danilo Concepcion said he will take up the issue with the Board of Regents.

"I wish to make it clear the University of the Philippines takes these statements seriously and dissociates itself from the post and from the actuations of this regent, matters which I intend to take up with the Board of Regents," he said in a statement

Concepcion likewise said Farolan's statements does not represent the values of the university.

"They do not in any way represent the values of the university, and the high esteem in which it holds sportsmanship, fair play, and civility in athletics as well as in other aspects of our academic and social life," he added.

Meanwhile, Senator Francis Pangilinan has called for the resignation of Farolan from the UP Board of Regents.

"Having served as a member of the UP Board of Regents twice (first as Student Regent in 1986 and then as ex oficio member being chairman of the Senate Committee on Education in 2003), I believe Regent Farolan should tender his resignation as member of the Board of Regents immediately. His views expressed on social media are totally unacceptable and a disgrace to the University of the Philippines," he said in a Facebook post.

The UP Fighting Maroons lost to Ateneo in last Saturday's game. 

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