MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University on Friday said the school remains apolitical after several of its female volleyball players were seen wearing shirts endorsing the union of Bongbong Marcos and the city’s Mayor. Davao, Sara Duterte in photos posted on a Facebook page bearing the name of FEU Lady Tamaraws.
Rarely do FEU athletes voice their political views. But on Friday, photos of Lycha Ebon, Ash Cañete, Niks Medina, Shiela Kiseo, Jean Asis and Chen Tagaod supporting UniTeam’s presidential ambition Marcos and his sidekick Duterte were posted on the page. Facebook Lady Tamaraws, later clarified to be a fan. – Homemade page.
The FEU said the post “does not represent the University.”
“The FEU has traditionally been apolitical. FEU students and staff may endorse any candidate to run for office in their capacity,” the school wrote in a statement.
Ironically, the FEU Central Student Organization is endorsing presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo, even urging students to wear pink during UAAP Season 84 games.
First, the fan page captioned the photos as “We stand. We the FEU Lady Tamaraws Ctto (attribution to owner): FEU manager” then changed to “Maski magkakaiba tayo ng pananaw at may ilan ay may iba ang kulay ay ok lang po yan. Finally, tayo ay iisang Pilipino. Salamat sa suporta. ”
(Even if we have different views and there are some people who support a different color, that’s okay. In the end, we are Filipinos. Thank you for your support.)
Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua’s daughter, Jennifer, took to social media to clarify that her father had nothing to do with the viral post as it was not the team’s official stand.
“I think Papa, being a very diplomatic person, will also respect the preferences of the players. Our family stood on the other side of the fence facing these kids,” she wrote. “He didn’t know that it was posted by a fan page that gave the impression as if the whole team liked the same thing. I think the preferences of the athletes can still be expressed but with a better message.”
Former Lady Tamaraws captain Rem Palma took to Twitter, asking to report the page, which is understood by some to be the team’s official page, and hopes the incident will serve as a lesson to be more responsible on social media.
I hope the incident is a lesson for everyone. Always keep in mind that anything we share online should be double-checked before posting. I hope those behind this uproar will learn their lessons after causing so much shock.
There will always be consequences for every action.
– R em (@_RemPalma) April 29, 2022
“I hope this incident is a lesson for everyone. Always keep in mind that anything we share online should be double-checked before posting. I hope those behind this uproar will learn their lessons after causing so much shock. There will always be consequences for every action,” tweeted Petro Gazz Angel.
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