UP community ‘apologizes’ for paint bombing Regent

In this week of student protests, University of the Philippines (not to be confused with the Polytechnic University of the Philippines) threw paint bombs at a member of the university’s Board of Regents.

From gmanews.tv

While some sectors may call the protest action ‘awesome shit,’ there may have been less ecstatic reactions from some of UP’s more moderate students.

And so, we have this ‘apology’ being passed around on facebook:

Given people’s propensity to not read to the very end of things, facebook users (and you) probably stopped reading at “Contrary to what the whole nation witnessed on March 24, 2010, not all members of the University are rude, uncouth and disrespectful.” And, really, that’s one facebook statement I’d append my signature to without hesitation. I mean, the people have to know that we don’t all throw paint bombs at officials, right? I mean, a lot of us just get high and/or drunk at the Sunken Garden not bothering anyone. Right?

Except when you read it till the end and you realize that this isn’t an apology at all. The ‘community’ “will not apologize, however, for our militant actions (like throwing paint bombs)” because, as they say, the UP administration left them with no choice but to disrespect a university official with some sort of doctorate or whatever. The statement circulating on facebook is an apology, that’s true enough. But it’s an apology on behalf of the UP administration for forcing students to throw paint at them.

I wonder whether the more than 100 people who appended their signatures to the apology know that they were endorsing the incident that they may have been trying to distance themselves from.

On the other hand, this is a brilliant piece of work. I almost signed it myself.


  1. As one of the people who spent most of her college life being drunk (I blame Fine Arts), I thought that “apology” was fricking brilliant. Didn’t sign, though I’m sure that at least half of those people were signing because of its real sentiment.

  2. Burning furniture, throwing paint bombs. They’ve really upped the ante here haven’t they?

    Scary thing is, the next batch is probably going to have to to top this. I think shit bombs and brewed piss is up next…

  3. Fast history fact! 1970’s activists– you know, the original gangstas?– threw pillboxes and molotov cocktails. Burning chairs is so First Quarter Storm. So… this generation’s already pussified.

  4. ^
    Matter of context: ’70s activists were up against the Metrocom and the PC, not college officials.

  5. ^
    Matter of context: \’70s activists were up against the Metrocom and the PC, not college officials.

  6. Wow. Apparently, they do not know the meaning of “apology” because this is not an apology, but on the contrary, a justification of whatever shit they did. Now, because of this, I can’t distinguish between them and Tea Party protesters in the States. Despite them being from opposite sides of the political spectrum, they both resort to senseless violence.

    Thank you very much, my dear ultra-left schoolmates. Because of you, I appreciate being in the center-left even more.

    • Wow. Apparently, they do not know the meaning of “apology” because this is not an apology, but on the contrary, a justification of whatever shit they did.

      Incidentally, the original meaning of apology is “justification of whatever shit they did”. It’s not about saying sorry.

      See Plato’s Apology.

  7. Ces

    The UPLB chancellor has beef with SAKBAYAN, which is why they gave him extra attention with the paint bombs. I expected this actually. The NatDem movement is sort of in an identity crisis. From an unprecedented level of state repression and student contempt the ND doesn’t know where to go from this point. The chair burning, paintbombing etc. this is going to serve as anchors for the next few years.


  8. @onetamad: I almost signed it, too. Good thing I read it to the end. Indeed, it’s brilliant, but I didn’t expect that someone from the same side of those rude students made this kind of “apology” (in English)

  9. Jormungand, the world serpent :

    Matter of context: ’70s activists were up against the Metrocom and the PC, not college officials.

    I lol’d. But come to think of it, I guess that makes them even more hardcore than the activists from cira 1970. I don’t think any of the paint throwers can expect a midnight visit from the BOR now, can they?

  10. @FreeSince09: What do you mean by identity crisis? Also, what does the increased participation of the ND movement in mainstream politics mean for the street activist?

    @Myron: A lot of these activists are pretty smart. And if I recall correctly, the activists from KAL are some of the most active. It was only a matter of time before they came out with something like this.

    @Josh: Never underestimate the repressiveness of the BOR! It could happen.

  11. I don’t know if you’ve noticed OneT, but the National Democrat is an endangered species. Add to that the increasingly repressive though oft silent repression from multiple sectors I kinda saw this shit coming. Now, if you’re from UPLB and you got all sorts of crazy shit being thrown at you – like say posters of your face as a communist – wouldn’t be pissed off at that shit. And it’s not just UP, it’s everywhere.

  12. It was an endangered species even when I was (marginally) with the NDs.

    As it happens, I am (marginally) from UPLB, although I cannot say I was ever important enough to have my face on an anti-communist poster.

    Are you saying that the ND movement *has* to kick things in gear with these protests to stay relevant? Or… What are you saying?

  13. I… just… LOL’d.

    I just came in to check my calendar, and indeed it says that we’re in 2010, not 400 BC. Therefore, the modern version of “apology” applies. (Also, “sorry”‘s were flying all over the place in that Letter of “Apology”.)

    I’ll be here… LOLing while watching a live stream of MSNBC.

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