Many of those who attended the protests against the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani were college students. But Marcos loyalists tried to pass off the attendance of some of the protesters as something that was forced, required, mandatory. Others even accused the protesters for attending the rallies in exchange for money.
But one rumor that has gone viral for it being an #epicfail came from a certain Richard Camarinta Dy, who claimed that La Salle required its NSTP students to attend the anti-Marcos rally on November 30.
Facebook user Carmel Puertollano told the whole story behind Dy’s lies by taking screen captures of Dy’s post, allegedly from someone who sent him a message, another Facebook user who shared it, and Dy’s profile page. She also debunked Dy’s claims one by one.
His biggest epic fail would be his lie about someone else sending a tip to him about La Salle using its students to fill the anti-Marcos rally. Puertollano posted a photo of the tip, as per Dy, but the message is in a blue box, which meant that he sent that message to himself, hence the caption: “Admin y u post ur own message.”
Puertollano also posted a screenshot of an email from La Salle’s Center for Social Concern & Action informing students about NSTP 101 Orientation Make-up Session. She emphasized how this email only talked about “orientation” and not “enrollment.”
And another Facebook user shared Dy’s message to a Facebook page dedicated to Marcos loyalists.
And there it is, Dy’s profile page. Puertollano even highlighted the part about Dy being a Imee Marcos’ regional coordinator at the governor’s office.
Aside from those screenshots, Puertollano also pointed out several things that made Dy’s claims look like an even bigger lie.
1. Rally hours won’t likely be enough to fill NSTP hours. That is, if the course is even offered this semester.
“Halos patapos na ang term at per partner community ang registration ng hours ng students. Processing sessions nalang ata ang natira sa NSTP… yan ay KUNG meron mang offered now. Kaya wag ka nang umasa na mababawi ng pagrally mo yung kulang mong hours.”
2. Most of the La Salle delegation during the rally left at around 7:30 in the evening and that the school’s officially sanctioned activities always come with an adult to watch over the students.
“As early as 7:30pm, nag-alisan na ang DLSP delegation. Huli na yung group namin (me + LFC Community) nung 8:30pm, ayon sa aming security officers. So paano le-late night ang Lasallian rallyists kung wala na ang mga bantay nila eh university protocol yun na pag officially sanctioned by the school, dapat may adult. Unless inadvance mo ang Happy Thursday mo nung Miyerkules… and even then di ka na kargo ng school kasi choice mo na yon. At kung pinilit ka, bakit hinintay mo pa yung rally?! Dapat agad-agad.”
3. Several blocks of La Salle NSTP students would not have fit inside the university bus.
“Kung nirequire kayo sa NSTP, malamang, di pa kayo kinaya nung iisang bus na laan para sa lahat ng DLSU pumunta. Because hello, ilang blocks kayo? Eh puro the usuals ang nakita ko dun. Nasaan ang hakot? Nasaan ang waivers nyo? Resibo please — yung tunay ha. Yung notarized ha para pwede kang kasuhan pag pineke mo yung dokumento. I double dare you. Actually, kahit pumunta ka pa sa opisina ko. Tutulungan pa kitang magfile ng reklamo KUNG totoo yan. As in escalate pa more levels to the highest power pa. So don’t me, bes.”
4. It is impractical for La Salle to bring thousands of students to the rally and to assign several adults to supervise them.
“Napakaimpraktikal naman na magdala ng libu-libong estudyante sa isang rally na iilan lang ang adults na pwede at willing sumama. Bes, di na yun fun. Di na ako siguro nakasing-along sa Moonstar at kay Jim Paredes nun kung ganon, kakaalaga sa inyo. I criiii na siguro peg ko nun.”
5. If NSTP students were indeed required to attend, the number of protesters would have easily doubled.
“Nakita mo ba yung unang post ng mga ka-DDS na konti lang tao sa rally? (Kasi naman nung umpisa lang yon) Siguro kung kasama ang mga frosh, doble pa nun ang bilang at di pa nagyabang ang mga yun na di naman people power kuno yun.”
6. La Salle NSTP course does not have a professor, but does have area coordinators and facilitators. It starts in January 2017 and NSTP students don’t take the bus; they take the jeepneys.
“Walang prof sa NSTP. Facilitators at area coordinators lang. At wait lang… parang first term palang ngayon so malamang, orientation palang sila at wala pang NSTP itself. Kumbaga, pipili palang dapat sila if CWTS or ROTC. OMG THIS REALIZATION PALANG TALO KA NA BES. Sige nga dun sa plus points eh wala namang grade for an orientation course. So basic, but you don’t know it kasi YOU DON’T EVEN GO HERE. HAHAHAHAHA. JANUARY pa po ang start ng NSTP. At saka di nga nagbubus ang DLSU students sa NSTP. JEEP LANG BES. At very laylayan ang sites. Which is not White Plains. Hahaha!”
7. NSTP field trips and off-campus activities must be scheduled by August. La Salle couldn’t have guessed that the dictator would be sneakily buried by his family on November 18.
“All required field trips or off-campus activities have to be declared by August. Hello, November 18 nilibing si Marcos. Galing naman namin makasubmit ng detalye sa CHED kung ganon. Ano yun? Manghuhula na kami, ganon?”
8. The NSTP grade does not affect a Lasallian’s Grade Point Average.
“Wala pong bearing ang NSTP sa Grade Point Average so bakit magpapatukso ang students sa incentives?”
9. La Salle values “democracy and academic freedom.”
“Kahit kailan, never naman namilit ang DLSU bilang institusyon na pumanig ka sa paniniwala nila always. Like hello, democracy and academic freedom. Tanungin mo pa yung mga prof dyan na salungat ang opinyon sa pamantasan, di naman sila inaano. Kaya wag ka ring mang-ano.”
Puertollano commended Dy for creating such a great story, even suggesting that he start a Wattpad account.
“Pero grabe ha. Galing mo magsulat ng fiction, bes. Open ka na ng Wattpad account mo at ifafollow kita. Lagay ka ng disclaimer ha: ang lahat nang ito ay kathang-isip ko lamang,” she said.
She also dared whoever is going to accuse La Salle of anything to do so with backup proof and facts.
“At kung titirahin mo ang institusyon na mahal ko, be sure to prepare your resibo and facts, or else, I will make sure you will be so grilled na daig pa ang isaw sa Noel’s,” she added.
Puertollano also pointed out how the admin of the Facebook page took a screenshot of his own message.
She also gave on trivia to those who are unfamiliar with La Salle.
“We don’t call them freshmen. Froshies sila hahaha. Yun lang, bes. Salamat,” Puertollano said.
On top of Puertollano’s debunking of Dy’s lies, De La Salle University’s Center for Social Concern and Action also denied his accusations.
“There is no truth to such allegations. We have no NSTP classes this term. NSTP classes will only start in January 2017 (Term 2),” the center said.
The school is also discussing possible actions against the source of this rumor.
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