April 30, 2017

Surface Jonas Burgos! Hold Gen. Eduardo Año accountable!

Today, we commemorate the 10th year since activist Jonas Burgos was abducted by state forces. Ten years has passed and there is still no justice. The main perpetrator of his abduction has not been held accountable. In fact, General Eduardo Año has since risen through the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines even becoming its Chief of Staff. After 10 years, we continue to see the with rightful rage over this brutal act of the state. We continue Jonas’ fight against this unjust system. Surface Jonas Burgos! General Eduardo Año, berdugo! End state fascism! Justice for all the…

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On ASEAN 2017 and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA)

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) urges progressive students and organizations/formations across the country to take a staunch position against the further liberalization of Philippine economy through its deepening integration to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the continuing domination of US Imperialism in the country as embodies by military agreements like the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). ASEAN: Intensifying Poverty and Exploitation The 30th ASEAN Summit—with the participation of its ten (10) member states namely Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines—is currently being held in Manila, Philippines. Aside from…

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NUSP slams IRR on free tuition policy, asserts no tuition collection

Last year, Filipino students nationwide welcomed the introduction of free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) for academic year 2017-2018. Because of the student movement’s clamor for free public education at all levels, the Congress granted the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) an additional budget of P8.3 billion to fund all 114 SUCs in lieu of collecting tuition from 1.4 million students. The special provision on tuition collection in the 2017 General Appropriations Act clearly states that no tuition shall be collected from all SUC undergraduate students in School Year 2017-2018. However, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the said…

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On the University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council Elections 2017

In the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the students roundly rejected candidates in four (4) out of six (6) positions in the Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board. Majority of the students chose to abstain rather than vote for the candidates for president, vice president, treasurer and auditor. The result of the UST CSC elections is a testament to the growing dissent of the Thomasian community with the worsening conditions of UST Education. With the annual tuition increases and continuing student repression in the form of various school policies, the Thomasians are now demanding for a student council that will…

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NUSP welcomes success of 4th round of GRP-NDFP peace talks, backs call for free land distribution

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) lauds the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) for another successful round of formal peace negotiations. NUSP welcomes the agreements of both parties on free land distribution, interim joint ceasefire, and release of prisoners. “The fourth round of GRP-NDFP peace talks concludes on a positive note with more agreements on free land distribution to support agrarian reform and rural development. We welcome this breakthrough as a just and necessary step to address the long-standing problems of landlessness and agrarian unrest,…

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NUSP slams Duterte for treating political prisoners as trump cards, reminds him that peace talks is no game

“The Filipino people are not playing games with you, President Duterte. Release all political prisoners who are wrongly-accused and falsely-implicated. Take this matter seriously if you really are fighting for just and lasting peace.” This is the reminder of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) spokesperson Kevin Castro to President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter blurted out that the political prisoners who are still in jail are his trump cards in a game of poker with the progressive groups. Duterte’s reference of poker game is in relation with the ongoing peace negotiation between the Government of the…

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NUSP to Licuanan: “Your resignation is the best gift you can give the Filipino students this holiday season.”

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) re-affirmed its position to call for the resignation of current Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan after the government agency released a statement reiterating “Dr. Licuanan’s commitment to continue her work as CHED Chairperson” dated December 8. “The CHED’s recent statement is a public service announcement of how its Chair has proven to be a ‘kapit-tuko’ just to keep her in power. We have to remind Ms. Licuanan that her power lies on the students, and if the students want her out, it is her duty to resign as…

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NUSP to CHED Chair Licuanan: “With all due respect, don’t wait for 2018; step down from your post now.”

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) stands firm on its call for the resignation of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan for persistently being ‘anti-student and pro-capitalist’ with all of her pronouncements and all of the policies being implemented by the said agency. “Patricia Licuanan is nothing but a manifestation of how those who are in power keep on protecting and forwarding the neoliberal interests of the capitalists on the people’s right to social services. During her term, she supported tuition and other school fess increases laid down by capitalist-educators, told students not to pursue…

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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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