UP Board to decide on motion to stop Virata name change

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THE motion to revoke the renaming of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Business Administration into the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business is being studied by the UP Board of Regents.

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The motion, led by Staff Regent Anna Razel L. Ramirez, was among the issues discussed by the Board during a meeting on July 29. Ramirez filed her motion to stop the renaming of the college of Business Administration following the objections of UP students, faculty, and staff.

Ramirez argued that the decision to rename the school after Virata, a known supporter of former president Ferdinand Marcos, violates school policy. She said that the Naming Policy approved by the Board of Regents in 2009 does not include the renaming of academic units such as the College of Business Administration, and that the honor given to Virata is “dishonor to the 72 UP martyrs” who disappeared and were tortured during the Martial Law.

The Board of Regents is expected to decide on the motion once the College of Business Administration has ironed out other concerns.

Ramirez has urged the UP Community to watch developments regarding this issue.

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