August 15, 2017

NUSP denounces GRP’s unreasonable demands which disrupt the 5th round of peace talks

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) denounces the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in disrupting the formal peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) by sidelining the substantive agenda on social and economic reforms and raising unreasonable demands. The GRP Negotiating Panel demands the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to withdraw its order to the New People’s Army (NPA) to defend the Filipino people and carry out more tactical offensives in response to the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, and the NDFP to immediately sign a joint ceasefire…

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NUSP: Never Again to Martial Law!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) joined groups from different sectors last May 26 at the Black Friday protest against Martial Law. The student union denounces President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao and the threat to impose it nationwide. On the 23rd of May 2017, the threats and rhetoric of Duterte on declaring martial law from the past months finally materialized in the provinces of Mindanao. The declaration was said to be in response to the purported terrorist attacks in the area, more particularly the armed clashes in Marawi City between the Armed Forces…

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NUSP slams contentious provisions on tertiary education bill

The House of Representatives yesterday passed on third and final reading House Bill 533 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Bill. “We still denounce those contentious provisions that we have pointed out in the past,” said National Union of Student of the Philippines (NUSP) National Spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim. In particular, NUSP calls to scrap the policy on giving priority to poor and deserving students. “The guise of “prioritizing the poor” has been used to legitimize tuition and other school fee increases under the neoliberal framework of gearing state universities and colleges (SUCs) to generate their own income…

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NUSP leads national day of action for free education, denounces free tuition scam

The National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP) with different progressive student organizations led the National Day of Action for Free Education and held a picket protest in front of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) main office. Months after its pronouncements of finally providing free public tertiary education, the Duterte administration, through CHED and DBM, released the guidelines for the grant of free tuition. After examining the provisions of the guidelines, several progressive youth and student groups dubbed the policy as the ‘free tuition scam.’ “Education is an inalienable and inherent right of every individual. It should be enjoyed…

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NUSP lobbies in Congress for no tuition collection, free education

Led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), student-leaders from different universities and youth groups went to the House of Representatives yesterday to lobby for free education. Selective targeting of free tuition beneficiaries denounced Student-leaders held a protest action in front of the House of Representatives to denounce the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of the free tuition policy for A.Y. 2017-2018. “The IRR the free tuition policy clearly translates it to a nationwide socialized tuition system where students will be…

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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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