A friend of mine, Fr. Guillermo Juan, a faculty member at St. Andrew’s Seminary, learned about what happened in San Beda. He is a priest of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and a very popular man among his students.
Fr. Juan said that this was nothing new. For the same reason, Trinity University of Asia closed its philosophy and social sciences departments in 2001. Once Trinity College, the said institution is primarily focused on its nursing and health sciences courses, which are commercially viable now. What he did was to take the department to St. Andrew’s, but most of them moved on after that.
What shocked him was precisely that philosophy was and is very important to the Catholic heritage. It is a sad thing, he says, but nothing new for him.