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UP Board of Regents revokes support for 'Spocky' Farolan over social media post.

The University of the Philippines' (UP) Board of Regents has withdrawn its recommendation for the reappointment of Frederick 'Spocky' Farolan to the panel following his cryptic post and suggestions of violence against basketball players of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).

'Committed to a higher standard of accountability for its members, the Board hereby withdraws its recommendation for the reappointment of Regent Farolan to the Board of Regents,' the board said in a statement on Monday.

'We enjoin Regent Farolan from making any such further statements which can compromise the reputation and the goodwill of the University,' it added.

The UP Board of Regents also dissociated itself from the recent statements and actions of Farolan, a presidential appointee.

'Whatever his motives may have been, there is no excuse for sowing fear and confusion, especially at a time when the University's attention should have been focused on the rising successes of its athletic program,' it said.

'We view with extreme disapproval and strongly condemn violence in any form,' it also said.

The board, nevertheless, took note of Farolan's apology during its meeting regarding the controversial social media post.

Meanwhile, the UP Board of Regents expressed its apologies to the officials, staff, and athletes of the ADMU as well as to the UP community 'for any anxiety Regent Farolan's statements may have caused.'

'We also deeply regret the dampening of the euphoria of UP reaching the UAAP finals,' the board said.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Dec 3, 2018
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