August 16, 2017

Student union reiterates opposition to mandatory ROTC during House meeting

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) reiterated its opposition to the proposed restoration of mandatory military training or Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) during a meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Culture on August 14, Monday. “We oppose the implementation of mandatory military training for Grades 11 and 12 students and pushes for the abolition of the ROTC. Contrary to the claims of its advocates, especially rightists, militarists and those in the AFP, the ROTC does not teach nationalism and discipline to students. Rather it seeks to perpetuate a culture of blind…

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Student union welcomes passage of free higher education bill

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) welcomes, with reservations and vigilance, the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Bill as President Duterte signed it into law today. “This is a tactical victory in Filipino youth and the general public’s fight for free education. However, we still denounce those contentious provisions that we have pointed out in the past,” said NUSP National Spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim. “NUSP calls to scrap the preferential guarantee for private higher education institutions. This is guaranteed profit to private universities as a way to appease private interests, a student loan…

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Student union slams removal of free tuition provision in proposed 2018 budget, asserts free education for all

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns in the strongest terms the removal of provisions for free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs)in the proposed 2018 budget. “We are appalled by the manner in which the Duterte administration is willing to borrow billions to fund various infrastructure projects and to increase the budget for debt servicing and defense, while abruptly defunding free tuition in SUCs,” said NUSP National Spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim. The Union discredits claims made by the Duterte administration’s economic managers that the government cannot afford to provide free tuition for all. “How…

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Youth leaders hold lightning rally in Congress to protest Martial Law extension

Youth leaders from different universities and organizations held a lightning rally during the joint session inside the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives to protest the plan to extend Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of 2017. President Duterte asked the Senate and the House of Representatives to convene for a special session to discuss the proposal to extend martial law until December 31, 2017, one day before the supposed ending of martial law in Mindanao. “The NUSP condemns the proposal of Malacañang to extend Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of the year, December 31. The request…

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Student union protests Malacañang’s plan to extend Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of 2017

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) joined various youth organizations and multi-sectoral groups in denouncing Malacañang’s plan to extend Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of 2017. President Duterte has called the Congress to a Special Session on Saturday, July 22, to consider the extension as per the recommendation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “The request for extension is only an admission by the government that nothing has been achieved to solve the Marawi crisis in the 60-day span of the Martial Law. This impending extension will continue…

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NUSP condemns intensifying militarization of Lumad communities in Mindanao

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns the intensifying militarization of Lumad communities in Mindanao. “Over the past month, the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao has been marred with intimidation, forced evacuations, extrajudicial killings, and other human rights violations,” said NUSP National Spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim. Last June 21, community leaders were summoned at the detachment of the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and were interrogated by a military official named Sergeant Ramil Alfonso. They were shown a list of so-called enemies of the state that bears the names of the teachers and community…

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NUSP denounces Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Martial Law in Mindanao, calls for the end of lopsided US-RP ties

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) joined other youth organizations and multi-sectoral groups in calling for an end to Martial Law in Mindanao and the United States’ intervention in the region on July 4, deemed Philippine-American Friendship Day. Coincidentally, the Supreme Court affirmed the validity of Proclamation 216 or President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in the entire Mindanao. In a press conference, the Supreme Court announced that 11 justices voted to dismiss the petitions, 3 justices voted to limit Martial Law to Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, and only 1 justice voted to grant the prayer…

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NUSP calls out Duterte for failed promises; demands free education, pro-people reforms, and just peace

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) joined different youth organizations and multi-sectoral groups in a mobilization on June 30 (Friday) to mark the first anniversary of the Duterte administration. “One year has passed since President Duterte assumed office yet the nation finds itself still far from realizing these aspirations. In fact, neoliberal policies and fascist attacks against the Filipino people remain at all fronts,” sad NUSP National Spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim. Free Education, Labor, and Social Services The anti-poor neoliberal economic policies of the last three (3) decades—trade and investment liberalization, deregulation, and privatization of social services…

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NUSP leads campout protest in CHED, slams flawed free tuition policy and new round of tuition hikes

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) led student organizations and youth groups in a campout protest at the national office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to oppose the flawed free tuition policy and the new round of hikes in tuition and other school fees (OSF). “Not only has CHED implemented a flawed free tuition policy, it has also approved tuition and other school fees hikes in higher educational institutions (HEIs),” said NUSP National Spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim. Earlier this quarter, the Department of Budget  and Management (DBM) and CHED released the implementing rules and regulations…

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NUSP denounces new round of tuition increase in universities, Duterte’s failed promises

Earlier today, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) attended a press conference of progressive youth organizations at the House of Representatives denouncing the new round of tuition and other fees increase in universities and colleges. The group also hit the Duterte administration’s failure to deliver on his promise of free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs). The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Monday approved the increase in tuition and other school fees in 268 private higher education institutions (HEIs). Tuition hike will be implemented in 262 of the HEIs, while 237 institutions will increase other…

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