March 28, 2017

On the Last Day of Budget Delibs: Students Assert Adequate Gov’t Subsidy and Not DAP for Education and other social services

Amidst the BS Aquino administration’s claim that there is no budget cut for state universities and colleges (SUCs) this 2015, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) underscored that only a measly third of the budget request of SUCs was approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). NUSP, together with other student and youth groups, trooped to Congress today, the last day of budget deliberations, to assert for not only a higher but an adequate allocation for SUCs. NUSP highlighted that of the P122.7 billion budget request of SUCs, only around P43 billion was approved by…

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A Bad Case of HolDAPers: BS Aquino and Abad should know the meaning of respect and decency over DAP and corrupt practices

  “It is plain farcical for Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Butch Abad, the architect of the illegal Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), and for the Palace to demand respect and decency from the UP student, faculty and staff protesters that, according to the point of view of the ruling order, have ‘heckled’ Abad. It is safe to say that  BS Aquino, Abad and the other yellow henchmen have not even a tinge of guilt and remorse as they continue to defend DAP and the rampant corruption in the government,” opens Ms. Sarah Elago, National Union of Students of…

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Aquino, DAP and the History of Corrupt Practice Must End!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of more than 650 student councils/governments/federation in the country, slams Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary, Florencio Butch Abad for concocting a litany of lies to save his and Aquino’s faces. Abad has only proven one thing: that he is the right hand man of a crooked man. The Senate Hearing on the issue of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) showcased a largely political maneuvering by the Abad and Aquino clique. It was nothing more but a publicity stint by Malacanang to justify the illegal DAP….

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NUSP charges CHED for disregard on student complaints

Youth and student groups reiterate appeal to the Commission on Higher Education En Banc to release immediate action to previously filed complaints against universities which violated tuition regulation in an action held today dubbed as National Day of Action For Student Rights as part of the Campus Press Freedom Week campaign. ‘It seems that typhoons are faster than CHED’s action, we are already flooded by skyrocketing fees and hits of student rights violation yet commissioners are still sleeping in their ivory towers’ said NUSP National President Sarah Jane Elago. Series of complaints have been filed prior opening of classes against…

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“Lumakad nang Pabalintuwad”: Rizal and the Role of Today’s Students and Youth

“Ang Kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan” We accept the challenge of the times: to halt the deluge of impunity, injustice and neocolonial domination in our country and to continue the longstanding struggle of the Filipino people against repression and inequality. We, the youth of today, are the “pag-asa ng bayan.” Our vigilance and strength will solidify the very essence of hope far different from state’s passive notion of hope – to follow the current hegemonic system. The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of more than 650 student councils/government/federations in the country, acknowledges…

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Student Union condemns violent arrest of Bicol student leader; Pork Barrel King should be the one behind bars

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns the arrest of Bicol student leader and Youth Act Now member Emmanuel Pio Mijares, a 19-year-old AB Psychology Student of Ateneo de Naga University who criticized Aquino during the president’s “June 12 Independence Day” speech in Naga City. The student leader scored Aquino as “pork barrel king” for having an estimated 1.6 trillion presidential pork much bigger than the controversy on pork scam of Janet Lim Napoles and other big politicians. Mijares also said that there is no genuine democracy and independence in the Philippines as the Aquino government continues…

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HAPPY DEPENDENCE DAY: On Bogus Independence, US dominance and PH educ

Today, we are commemorating the 116th year of dependence of the Philippine government to the imperialist hegemony of the United States of America (USA) – all in the service and interest of foreign domination in the spheres of politics, economics and culture in the country. We “acknowledge” the Noynoy Aquino government for being at the forefront of US hegemony – of neoliberal policies dictated by the US such as budget slash in education and the consequent push for public-private partnerships, the imperious, highly neoliberal and neocolonial K to 12 and Roadmap to Public Higher Education Reforms (RPHER), higher budget allocation…

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More Fund in Corruption, Less in Education; Hold Aquino Accountable in Pork Barrel Scam Cover-up

Justice regarding the pork barrel scam is long overdue and yet we’ve only been pestered with lies, cover-ups and deception by the Aquino government. The Aquino regime is spending the Filipino peoples’ millions of pesos in every hearing yet all we get are scripted concealments and half-baked statements. Trillions of pesos are pocketed by these greedy politicians or bureaucrat capitalists, using their positions of political power to amass wealth via corrupt practices. While on the other side of the fence, there are 15 million out-of-school Filipino youths who could be sent to school if the public’s money is not siphoned…

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“Day One is Indeed Lesson One” for DepEd and Aquino: Same Old Problems Hound Opening of SY 2014-2015 Classes

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Aquino administration never really learned their lesson. This is not surprising at all. No lesson would be learned by a government agency and a president that seek to neglect state responsibility of public education. No Lesson Learned The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) lambastes DepEd and Aquino for not doing their job and making the students, parents and teachers suffer, not only in this opening of classes for SY 2014-2015, but also by making the public education system inaccessible to the Filipino students. “DepEd and Aquino are lying between their…

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Aquino’s WEF Tall-Tales Belied; PH econ growth excludes people, education inaccessible

Students will expect the same old recurrent problems besetting our education sector if President Aquino continues with his lies in a frustrating attempt to cover up the inaccessibility and downtroddeness of education in the country to please its foreign masters. Straight from the very mouth of the Department of Education, figures tell the truth: that out of 100 students entering elementary, only 75 get to finish Grade 6, only 30 of them will pursue secondary education, and only 24 will finish high school. And this time, we are reaping the consequences of the state’s abandonment of education, having almost 1.5…

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