March 28, 2017

Beyond truth and accountability: A call for resignation

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We, youth and students of the Philippines, join the call for President Benigno Aquino’s resignation, following the botched Mamasapano operation that led to the death of 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), five members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and seven civilians. As more details come to light, it is becoming more and more apparent that the operation was a calculated move masterminded by no less than the US government and greenlighted by President Aquino. No less than President Aquino himself admitted that the…

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NUSP Stand re Student Fare Discount

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines is a formation of more than 650 student councils, governments and local student unions from public and private higher educational institutions nationwide. The union has been at the forefront of the struggle for the advancement of rights and welfare of students since 1957. Our principal unity is based on defending and upholding the right to quality and accessible education for all at all levels. There is a range of school-related expenses like transportation, food, projects, photocopy expenses, which we have to shoulder in daily allowances. A big chunk of these school-related expenses…

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Student Union Calls for Aquino’s Resignation; Mamasapano Clash Just the Tip of the Iceberg

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) strongly condemns the BS Aquino III order and subsequent cover-up of the Mamasapano clash between the forces of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that ended in the blood bath of around 70 casualties including the Special Action Forces (SAF) of the Philippine National Police, MILF and civilians. Furthermore, the student union calls for the urgent resignation of Aquino for grave abuse of authority, gross negligence, betrayal of public trust, and conspiracy with a foreign government. The Mamasapano clash is…

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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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Nanay Mameng, isang dula

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Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) and the Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines (UPRCP) would like to invite your organization to watch the play “Nanay Mameng, isang dula” which will be staged at the Dr. Paz Adriano Hall (Little Theater), Miriam College, Loyola Heights, Quezon City on February 13 and 14 (3pm,7pm), 20 (7pm), 21 (3pm, 7pm), 27 (7pm) and 28 (3pm,7pm). Tickets are pegged at P150 for general admission and P500 and P1000 for sponsorship tickets, The P500 and P 1000 sponsorship ticket will sponsor 5 audiences from urban poor communities. Written by Amanda Lacaba Echanis and co-directed…

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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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Student group asks Pope to stand against high cost of education, especially in PH Catholic schools

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An alliance of student organizations and education advocates called on Pope Francis Wednesday to also intervene in the issue of education, particularly the spiraling matriculation rates in Catholic colleges and universities in the Philippines. Rise for Education Alliance (R4E), a group composed of student councils, campus journalists, and youth organizations, said that the prohibitive cost of education – especially in Philippine Catholic schools – goes against the teachings of Pope Francis on “the economy of exclusion” in his Evangelii Gaudium or Apostolic Exhortation. “In the Pope’s famous Apostolic Exhortation, he tells us that ‘money must serve, not rule.’ Sadly, in…

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Aquino’s Arithmetic to Get the Youth Out of School: MRT/LRT Fare Hike, Tuition Increase, Other School Fees

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of student councils / governments / federations in the country, has calculated that, with the 50% to 87% LRT/MRT fare hikes, the BS Aquino III administration wants to get the Filipino students and youth out of school. Amidst skyrocketing tuition and other shool fees increases, price hikes of commodities, oil, water, and energy, among others, the LRT-MRT fare hikes dictate a massive impact on the students and the people. “Wala na o halos wala na kaming baon dahil napunta na lahat sa tuition at other school…

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Students intensify campaign to junk all other school fees

Student leaders are geared to junk all other school fees (OSF). Today, students under the banner of the Rise for Education (R4E) Alliance troop to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to condemmn the commission’s pro-commercialization  scheme and for being a stampad for tuition and OSF increases. “OSF are other school fees aside from tuition that are rapaciously being collected by universities and colleges, both private and state-run, that hinder students from accessing education. OSF are characterized as exorbitant, dubious and redundant,” points out Ms. Sarah Elago, Rise for Education Alliance (R4E) Convenor. “Through the years, OSF actually surpass the…

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