March 28, 2017

Student Union reminds Duterte of his words, urges immediate release of political prisoners prior formal peace negotiations

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) reminds President Rodrigo Duterte Monday that the Filipino people still hold on his words that he will release all political prisoners before the start of formal peace talks on August 20. “Back in May, Duterte promised to release political prisoners to build confidence in time for the set peace negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP. Now that the talks are nearing, not a single peace consultant has been released. We do not know what is keeping him from doing such an important move significant in the peace process, but this…

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Student Union expresses dissent over attempt to revive mandatory ROTC

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In light of attempts to revive the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) by the Duterte administration, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) strongly expresses its dissent on the proposal. NUSP continues to be at the forefront of the campaign in abolishing ROTC since the death of University of Santo Tomas student Mark Welson Chua in 2001. His death came after he exposed the corruption and malpractices of the ROTC officers, including the surveillance and harassment of progressive students and organizations in their university. “The unpopularity of bringing back mandatory ROTC remains significant as students, parents, and…

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“Secure the youth’s right to education, junk K12” – NUSP

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) stands firm on its position that junking the K-12 program of the Aquino regime is the right thing to do to ensure the security of the youth’s right to education. NUSP questions the figures provided by the Department of Education (DepEd) in media that already “1 million students” have already enrolled in Grade 11 for the academic year (AY) 2016-2017. Only 2 out of 10 public schools offer senior high, while 9 out 10 private schools offer the program. “Does the DepEd really think that students consigned to take on the…

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NUSP lambasts CHED Chair for tuition and other fees hikes, declares Licuanan and Aquino insensitive, anti-student

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) slammed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) after the latter announced that it approved the application for tuition and other school fees increase of 304 schools for the academic year (AY) 2016-2017. NUSP asserts its demand and encourages President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order declaring a tuition moratorium for the immediate relief of the students. However, NUSP declares that it is imperative for the President to support and fight for the free public tertiary education proposed by progressive youth groups if he wants to ensure that all youth will…

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NUSP to school admins: “Stop your haircut policies. Focus on much relevant things”

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                        The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), as the largest and most comprehensive nation-wide alliance of student councils/governments/unions committed to the advancement of the students’ democratic rights and welfare, is one with all Filipino students in protecting their freedom of self-expression by denouncing any haircut policies imposed by school administration in universities and colleges. “It is imperative for the Filipino students to unite to oppose all forms of violation of democratic rights, even in petty issues of haircuts being enforced to university and college students,” Kevin…

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Progressive youth groups: Hold Aquino accountable for the worsening workers’ condition in PH

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                            The National Union of Students of the Philippines, along with progressive groups Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, Kabataan Partylist and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, stormed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Main Office Tuesday, June 21, to further intensify the campaign to end contractualization in the Philippine labor force. Burning two mock faces of President BS Aquino to signify the youth’s utmost rage towards his neoliberal policies that legitimize contractualization of workers, the progressive youth groups also called for the implementation of…

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Student union to CHED Chair Licuanan: “Spare the Filipino youth! Resign your post now!”

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expressed disgust over the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair Patricia Licuanan’s statement regarding her desire to keep her position until 2018. “Licuanan has been at the forefront of the ongoing neoliberal attacks on the youth’s right to education. It is very insensitive of her to blurt out such unthought of remarks given that under her supervision, six students, including Kristel Tejada, had been killed by the commercialized educational system she immensely approves of,” said Kevin Castro, NUSP spokesperson. Castro noted that Licuanan has proven herself as enemy of the Filipino…

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Student union intensifies calls for release of political prisoners, resumption of peace talks

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines, along with other progressive youth groups and formations, trooped the Department of Justice Wednesday, June 15, to demand for the immediate release of political prisoners and the resumption of peace talks between the government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The youth groups slammed the Aquino administration for being inutile regarding the issues of political detainees and peace negotiations, stating that in his six years in office, nothing, literally, has been achieved. “Aquino and his cohorts have been very vocal in their plans of sabotaging…

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Student union condemns Luistro’s dropout remarks, challenges Briones to side with the people

High school students joined the #FirstDayFight protest to demand DepEd to stop the K12 program. Photo credits to Kathy Yamzon

“Dropouts are not inevitable. The Department of Education led by outgoing secretary Armin Luistro could have done something to resolve the dropout issues in the basic education sector, yet they decided not to mind it. Instead, they focus on creating and developing their ties with capitalists and businessmen to ensure these big businessmen’s profit direct from the Filipino families’ pockets.” These are the remarks of Kevin Castro, spokesperson of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) to respond to Luistro’s statements regarding the ‘success of the opening of classes’ yesterday, June 13. Both the outgoing and incoming secretary…

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Students stage protest vs. K-12, DepEd approval of tuition increase

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with the Rise for Education Alliance and other youth and student groups, intensify their campaign against commercialization and privatization of education on June 13, 2016, the first day of classes for senior high school students. The Aquino government, through its education agency, continues its forthright bastardization of the Philippine educational system. It is an open secret that both public and private secondary institutions in the country are not totally ready for the implementation of the K-12 program. “It has already been proven, as mentioned in news reports, that the K-12…

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