The Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) on Tuesday apologized for deploying military men on the premises of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman last Oct. 21.
However, the military said its operatives were on a legitimate national security operation at that time.
"They were there on a legitimate national security operation. University students and members of the UP faculty were not the subject of that operation as alleged by some quarters," the AFP said in a statement.
It said the operation was properly coordinated with the local police and there was no intent to violate the existing 1989 agreement between the Department of National Defense and UP which prohibits the presence of police and military agents in the campus without notice and approval of the UP administration.
"The AFP humbly apologizes for the incident and assures the public and the UP that any inconvenience that arose out of this incident is not intentional. We will work to ensure that this does not happen again," it added.
"Our security operations are all done in the best interest of our people and that these are pursued so as to prevent crimes and terroristic acts against our citizens," the AFP stressed.