ILOILO CITY—The administration of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) in this city decried allegations made by a former student that it was a breeding ground for future members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).

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The main campus of West Visayas State University (WVSU) in Iloilo City. (WVSU / MANILA BULLETIN)

“This is an utterly baseless allegation, which has caused unwarranted alarm and apprehension among our students and other stakeholders,” said WVSU President Dr. Joselito Villaruz in a statement released Monday, November 16.

Villaruz was to a testimony made by former WVSU Jeffrey Celiz at a Senate hearing earlier this month, saying that the CPP-NPA had a system of recruitment existing at WVSU.

 “Before this irresponsible statement was made [by Celiz], there has been no report or incidents of infiltration by Communist groups in any of the campuses,” Villaruz pointed out.

Prior to his November 3 appearance before the Senate, Celiz first broke his allegations via a radio interview under the name of Eric “Ka Eric” Almendras. 

In that initial radio interview, Celiz claimed to have been a student at University of the Philippines (UP Diliman). But he said he was a WVSU student and was even the editor-in-chief of the campus paper.

Meanwhile, WVSU maintained that it “will remain vigilant and diligent in providing a judicious, secure and safe learning environment” as a government-subsidized institution.

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