August 16, 2017

Student Union warns Filipinos to be vigilant, to oppose the continuing state fascism and the possible return of dictatorship

Amidst President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that Martial Law did not make the Filipinos’ lives better during the regime of Dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) urged the public to remain vigilant with the government’s declaration of terror alert level 3 all over the country. “With the sustained efforts of the government to end the drug problems of the country through the war-on-drugs campaign, it is not surprising for this government to put the country under the total rule of the military. Putting the entire nation at terror alert level 3 is a step closer…

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Student union to GRP: “You rendered the death of Bernabe Ocasla with your bloody hands!”

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) laments the death of peasant leader Bernabe Ocasla, a 66-year old political prisoner who succumbed from cardiac arrest Tuesday, November 28. The student union also puts the blame on the government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), which until now, has not yet released a single political prisoner following its positive declaration on the matter after the second round of the peace negotiations. “We are at extreme fury with the death of a fellow patriot and a comrade. Bernabe Ocasla, accused of false charges, has done nothing but fight for…

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Student Union reminds Duterte of his words, urges immediate release of political prisoners prior formal peace negotiations

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) reminds President Rodrigo Duterte Monday that the Filipino people still hold on his words that he will release all political prisoners before the start of formal peace talks on August 20. “Back in May, Duterte promised to release political prisoners to build confidence in time for the set peace negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP. Now that the talks are nearing, not a single peace consultant has been released. We do not know what is keeping him from doing such an important move significant in the peace process, but this…

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“Secure the youth’s right to education, junk K12” – NUSP

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) stands firm on its position that junking the K-12 program of the Aquino regime is the right thing to do to ensure the security of the youth’s right to education. NUSP questions the figures provided by the Department of Education (DepEd) in media that already “1 million students” have already enrolled in Grade 11 for the academic year (AY) 2016-2017. Only 2 out of 10 public schools offer senior high, while 9 out 10 private schools offer the program. “Does the DepEd really think that students consigned to take on the…

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NUSP lambasts CHED Chair for tuition and other fees hikes, declares Licuanan and Aquino insensitive, anti-student

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) slammed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) after the latter announced that it approved the application for tuition and other school fees increase of 304 schools for the academic year (AY) 2016-2017. NUSP asserts its demand and encourages President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order declaring a tuition moratorium for the immediate relief of the students. However, NUSP declares that it is imperative for the President to support and fight for the free public tertiary education proposed by progressive youth groups if he wants to ensure that all youth will…

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Student union to CHED Chair Licuanan: “Spare the Filipino youth! Resign your post now!”

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expressed disgust over the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair Patricia Licuanan’s statement regarding her desire to keep her position until 2018. “Licuanan has been at the forefront of the ongoing neoliberal attacks on the youth’s right to education. It is very insensitive of her to blurt out such unthought of remarks given that under her supervision, six students, including Kristel Tejada, had been killed by the commercialized educational system she immensely approves of,” said Kevin Castro, NUSP spokesperson. Castro noted that Licuanan has proven herself as enemy of the Filipino…

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Student union intensifies calls for release of political prisoners, resumption of peace talks

The National Union of Students of the Philippines, along with other progressive youth groups and formations, trooped the Department of Justice Wednesday, June 15, to demand for the immediate release of political prisoners and the resumption of peace talks between the government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The youth groups slammed the Aquino administration for being inutile regarding the issues of political detainees and peace negotiations, stating that in his six years in office, nothing, literally, has been achieved. “Aquino and his cohorts have been very vocal in their plans of sabotaging…

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Student union condemns Luistro’s dropout remarks, challenges Briones to side with the people

“Dropouts are not inevitable. The Department of Education led by outgoing secretary Armin Luistro could have done something to resolve the dropout issues in the basic education sector, yet they decided not to mind it. Instead, they focus on creating and developing their ties with capitalists and businessmen to ensure these big businessmen’s profit direct from the Filipino families’ pockets.” These are the remarks of Kevin Castro, spokesperson of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) to respond to Luistro’s statements regarding the ‘success of the opening of classes’ yesterday, June 13. Both the outgoing and incoming secretary…

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Students stage protest vs. K-12, DepEd approval of tuition increase

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with the Rise for Education Alliance and other youth and student groups, intensify their campaign against commercialization and privatization of education on June 13, 2016, the first day of classes for senior high school students. The Aquino government, through its education agency, continues its forthright bastardization of the Philippine educational system. It is an open secret that both public and private secondary institutions in the country are not totally ready for the implementation of the K-12 program. “It has already been proven, as mentioned in news reports, that the K-12…

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Student Union to Duterte: Hold Aquino, CHED accountable for tuition & school fee hikes!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemn in the strongest possible terms the unjust approval of tuition and other school fees (OSFs) increases in 304 Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs) for the academic year (AY) 2016-2017.  This demonstrates that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of their rampant negligence and just acts as a stamp pad for school owners. “As the term of office of CHED officials come to a close, they have remained to be traitors to the Filipino students. This year the youth will be facing a monstrous tuition average of P19,410.30 for 30 units…

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