March 28, 2017

Student Union slams Court’s bail-grant to pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles

Youth Act Now Against Aquino's Pork Barrel

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expresses condemnation to the highest degree over Sandiganbayan’s decision to grant bail to pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. “Sandiganbayan’s unpalatable decision of granting bail to pork barrel queen Janet Napoles is a direct insult to the toiling Filipino masses who were denied basic social services due to majority of our politicians’ selfish motives,” Jess Ferrera, NUSP spokesperson said. Ferrera added that this is the brand of justice ‘Tuwid na Daan’ has been upholding ever since – favorable to the selective few who are allies of the Liberal Party and prejudicial…

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MANIFESTO OF UNITY FOR JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY OVER KIDAPAWAN MASSACRE

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We, student councils, publications, youth organizations and formations, are one with the Kidapawan farmers in their plight towards justice as they continue their struggle for immediate relief from the government – aids that up to this point have not yet reached the deteriorating conditions of the peasants. The youth is in solidarity with the global community in expressing outrage over the tragedy of the Kidapawan massacre leaving a death toll of 2 people, 116 injured and at least 70 mauled and arrested. We strongly believe that there will never be an acceptable reason for this government to take the lives…

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Students light candles in solidarity with Kidapawan farmers, call for justice and accountability

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Students from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) and youth groups held a symbolic candle-lighting action April 7 to demand justice and accountability from the Aquino regime for the death of 7 farmers in the Kidapawan massacre. “As the tally of victims of the state-initiated Kidapawan massacre rose, the youth will further intensify  the unity we forged with the farmers,” Kevin Castro, National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) Deputy Secretary General, said. “Massacres involving farmers had been in the bloodline of the Aquinos – Cory with her infamous Mendiola massacre and her son, PNoy, with the Kidapawan…

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Student union hits Alcala, Valte over statements vs farmers; denounce Aquino’s silence

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) decries statements from Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte that downsize the rightful demands of the drought-hit farmers. The student union hit Sec. Alcala following his statement, “Hindi po grabe ang hirap doon sa lugar nila.” According to NUSP Spokesperson Jess Ferrera, “No wonder our farmers are starving, the likes of Sec. Alcala would comfortably disregard our farmers’ calls for aid instead of immediately addressing them. Maybe Sec. Alcala would want to wait for all our farmers to die of starvation before he comsiders doing something…

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Tragedies and massacre: Aquino, tuwid na daan’s legacy – student union

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns in the utmost possible term the massacre of at least 7 farmers in Kidapawan City last April 1 cause by yet another criminal negligence of the Aquino administration. “To begin with, it was the government’s incompetence in handling the worsening El Niño drought that sparked the protest of 6,000 farmers. But the government resolved it by carrying out another massacre,” according to Jess Ferrera, NUSP spokesperson. 6,000 farmers from North Cotabato maintained a human barricade for 4 days before bloodily dispersed by state forces. They were calling for the immediate release…

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Justice for Rosanna Sanfuego; Student Union seeks justice for victims of commercialized education

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expresses deep sympathy and calls for justice as the student union and its member-student councils condole with the grieving family of Cagayan State University (CSU) freshman student Rosanna Sanfuego. Rosanna reportedly took her own life due to the pressure of being unable to pay for the cost of CSU education. While the CSU administration boasts of a zero tuition in the university since 2009, it has been found that the cost of undergraduate tuition has been redistributed to miscellaneous or other school fees (OSF) ranging from P2,000 to P4,000. Interviews with…

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Student groups support legislative agenda for students and youth

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Student and youth groups under the banner of the Rise for Education Alliance support the legislative agenda of the Kabataan Partylist regarding the deregulation of education, tuition and other school fees, and student democratic rights.  The education alliance attended the public hearing of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE) of the House of Representatives (HOR) to assert its position to have genuine legislative measures for students and youth. Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon filed house bills and house resolutions intended to safeguard the right of students and youth to education: HB 354: three-year tuition moratorium, HB 698: tuition…

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Education Alliance geared to fight against tuition hikes and deregulation; declare February as “Buwan ng Pagmamahalan… ng Tuition”

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This February, new waves and rounds of tuition consultation await the students for the year 2015. However, the new sets of student dialogues are feared to just be the same old maneuverings to defer the students call for the stoppage of tuition and other school fees increases. The Rise for Education Alliance (R4E) is the alliance of different student councils and publications from high schools and universities, youth organizations, members of the academe, parents, out-of-school youths and citizens calling for a quality, free and accessible education. Today, R4E launches a renewed and intensified nationwide campaign against tuition and other school…

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Students from Catholic schools reiterate Pope’s education advocacy: “Don’t let our love for school be taken away” by tuition hikes, deregulation

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Student leaders from different Catholic schools, and other universities and colleges spearheaded by the Rise for Education Alliance, converge in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) today, January 23, 2015, to reiterate and extend Pope Francis’ words regarding education: “Please, please don´t let our love for school be taken away” by tuition and school fees hikes. “The high cost of education, this deregulation of education, has historically, especially in President BS Aquino III’s almost six years in office, taken away from the students their love for and right to education,” says Ms. Sarah Elago, Convenor of the Rise for Education…

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#NeverForget Mendiola Massacre; 28 years of Injustice and Impunity

Land distribution to farmers has always been part of electoral promises. But history has shown us that the centuries-old battle of the Filipino people for genuine agrarian reform has always been met by state violence. Such violence was experienced by Filipino farmers during the dark Mendiola Massacre of January 22, 1987.  The perennial problem of landlessness of the majority in the country is perpetuated not only by the ruling elite but also by state-sponsored bogus land reform policies named “Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Policy” (CARP) and its worsened form, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER). Moreover, foreign and multi-national companies…

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