University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons star Kobe Paras really knows how to play a team. For the basketball player, “no man should be left behind,” that’s why he vowed to help raise funds for his fellow UP students who were arrested by Cebu City police after peacefully protesting against the Anti-Terrorism Bill near the UP Cebu campus on Friday, June 5.
At least 7 activists and one bystander were arrested at the protest site for violating the general community quarantine (GCQ) guidelines on mass gatherings. These 8 individuals, now dubbed as the “Cebu 8,” are the following:
1. Johanna Veloso, 22, associate vice president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines
2. Bern Cañedo, 21, vice president of the UP Cebu Student Council
3. Dyan Cumabao, member of the Kabataan Partylist Cebu and correspondent for Altermidya
4. Nar Porlas, member of Anakbayan UP Cebu
5. Jaime Paglinawan, 60, member of Bayan Central Visayas
6. Janry Ubal, 29, member of Food Not Bombs Cebu
7. Al Ingking, 26, UP Alumnus
8. Clement Corominas, 19, bystander
Help For Isko and Iska
Upon hearing of the incident and state of his fellow Isko and Iskas under the hands of the authorities, Paras expressed his support for the student activists for “standing up for what is right.” (Read: Anti-Terror Bill: Beauty Queens Urge Filipinos to Speak up, Be Informed)
“To all my Isko and Iskas in Cebu and everywhere else, stay strong, stay safe, and stand 10 toes down. We will raise money to bail those affected!” Paras, who also slammed the Anti-Terrorism Bill, wrote on Twitter.
I saw the news in Cebu about my fellow isko and Iskas.— Kobe Lorenzo Forster Paras ✊🏽 (@_kokoparas) June 5, 2020
To all my people there who got arrested
Thank you standing up for what is right.
To all my isko and iskas in cebu & everywhere else, stay strong, stay safe, and stand ten toes down.
We will raise money to bail those affected!
Athletes Speak Up
Following Paras’ statement on the Anti-Terrorism Bill, more student-athletes started to speak up and show support for the basketball player. Among them are his fellow UP Maroons player Ricci Rivero, who also pitched in for the bail fund. (Read: Ricci Rivero, other Pinoy athletes join the fight against COVID-19)
Former Ateneo gunner Thirdy Ravena, CJ Cansino from the University of Santo Tomas, and Jack Animam of National University Lady Bulldogs also joined calls to free the “Cebu 8” and shared their sentiments against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which was passed on its third reading last Wednesday, June 3. The new proposed bill is now under fire for its vague statements that target activists and silence dissent.
Release of Cebu 8
On June 8, Monday night, the “Cebu 8” has been released from police detention following an order from Judge Jenelyn Villaceran Forrosuelo of the Cebu City Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC). King Perez, the group’s spokesperson, has expressed his gratitude for everyone who supported their cause. He also confirmed that they are now working on filing necessary charges against the police who arrested the activists.