By J. Jala | 06:22 PM August 18, 2021

Former University of the Philippines president Dr. Jose “Pepe” Veloso Abueva passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 18, his family confirmed.

He was 93 years old.

According to his daughter Rossana, Abueva, a native of Duero town, passed away peacefully at his home in Antipolo.

Abueva is a former Professor Emeritus of Political Science & Public Administration at UP where he served as the 16th UP president from 1987 to 1993.

He was the UP president who signed the since abolished UP-Department of National Defense accord that required prior notice from the military before soldiers could enter UP campuses.

He was also the former president and founder of Kalayaan College and director of its Institute for Federal-Parliamentary Democracy, and Institute for a Nonkilling Philippines.

He was also active internationally as an educator. He was visiting professor at Yale University and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, the University of Hawaii, the University of Oregon, Cornell University, Duke University, Tufts University, Sophia University in Tokyo, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Waseda University, the City University of New York, Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley and Northern Illinois University among others. After his retirement in UP, he founded and served as president of Kalayaan College.

Outside academia, Abueva was a celebrated statesman. He was the Secretary of the Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1971; chairman of the Legislative-Executive Military Bases Council from 1989 to 1990; and chairperson of the Consultative Constitutional Commission during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005.

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