Lumad rights, women and Muslim groups condemned views in a leaked alleged online group chat of Upsilon Sigma Phi members on Twitter.
Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development or Alcadev, a community-run school for Lumads, posted its own satirical take of leaked chat messages on Twitter.
The thread conveyed anti-discrimination and pro-Lumad rights messages.
lumad group chat leaks 😱 pic.twitter.com/v7uWEYSuNf
— ALCADEV Lumad School (@alcadevinc) November 21, 2018
Lumad rights group Save Our Schools Network expressed its disappointment with the University of the Philippines being that it hosts the Lakbayan advocacy caravan every year.
Lakbayan is a large gathering of minority people conducted to fight for their rights and protest abuses.
“Taun-taon ay tinatanggap kami ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas para magdaos ng Lakbayan at pansamantalang doon manirahan upang palakasin ang aming panawagan. Ngunit, di pala lahat doon ay tanggap kami,” its caption read.
Taun-taon ay tinatanggap kami ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas para magdaos ng Lakbayan at pansamantalang doon manirahan upang palakasin ang aming panawagan. Ngunit, di pala lahat doon ay tanggap kami. pic.twitter.com/vvyH1y2wIC
— Save Our Schools Network (@savelumadschool) November 21, 2018
Gabriela women’s party described the remarks against women as “foul and sexist.” It sent out an invite for a street demonstration advocating for women’s rights on November 25.
Duterte's misogyny. Police abuses of women. PUA Academy. Foul and sexist remarks of Upsilon members. All these give us more reasons to rise, resist and unite. On Nov. 25, let's show our collective stand on these issues. #LabananAngAbuso#OneBillionRising pic.twitter.com/QYQHKoZtIq
— Gabriela WomensParty (@GabrielaWomenPL) November 21, 2018
A UP student mentioned in the controversial chat also spoke up. He denounced the support for genocide and assault against the Muslim community.
First of all, I'm not a Muslim. My dad is, I am not. Second, what's your problem with Muslims? Why do you use people's identities to assert your superiority? And you joke about genocide?
Idk if these screenshots are legitimate but anger is at the tip of my tongue. pic.twitter.com/ci4GRZ30VG
— Omid Siahmard (@omidong) November 20, 2018
The UP College of Law organized a gathering of members of the university community on November 22 to protest Upsilon members’ supposed remarks and fraternity-related incidents in the campus.
Now happening: Members of the UP Community gather at the AS Parking Lot to condemn the violent, misogynistic, and…
The hashtag evolved into #LonsiLeaks to refer to the leakage of alleged private chat.
A sketchy social media page bearing the Upsilon Sigma Phi name and its logo was the one that shared the screenshots. Its Twitter account has switched its privacy settings but its Facebook account is still public.
When the leaks went viral, three of the fraternity’s members issued separate statements of apology and call to action on Facebook.
Many online Filipinos, however, perceived these as a way to influence public perception of the fraternity. The posts had since been taken down.
Ian Serrano: Pre pakopya
Yael Toribio: Sige. Pero ibahin mo ng kaunti
Y: This is not the fraternity I joined
I: hindi ito ang Upsilon na nakilala ko
Di sila misogynists at Marcos apologists dati? Nagising na lang sila misogynists at maka-Marcos na sila?? Miss me with that shIT pic.twitter.com/DBiqckB2a7
— kae (@kaeofficial) November 21, 2018