August 16, 2017

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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Hundreds of youth, students welcome the national minorities in Manila to commence Lakbayan 2016

Students from various universities and colleges in Metro Manila led by the National Union of Students of the Philipines (NUSP) welcome the Lakbayanis, comprised of national minorities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, October 13 to set off this year’s historic Lakbayan. Consist of delegates from Southern Tagalog, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Panay, Central Visayas, and Mindanao, this year’s Lakbayan highlights the unity of the different national minorities to continue fighting for their right to ancestral land and to self-determination towards achieving long-lasting peace which is based on social justice. “Today, hundreds of youth and students join the national minorities in fighting…

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Student leaders to Pres. Duterte: Be at the right side of history; stop the killings and Marcos burial at LNMB

Student leaders from various universities gather Wednesday, August 24, in the University of the Philippines Diliman to condemn the ongoing war-on-drugs campaign of the Duterte administration and the proposal to bury Dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani. In a press conference attended by student leaders from UP Diliman, UP Manila, Arellano University, and Eulogio ‘Amang’ Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), NUSP spokesperson Kevin Castro vehemently condemned the killings faced by the Filipino people under the current administration, stating that such act does not address the actual roots of the drugs problems in the country. “By upholding…

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“Reviving mandatory ROTC is a disservice to the Filipino students” – NUSP

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), together with students of various universities and colleges, trooped the Commission on Higher Education Friday, August 12, 2016 to oppose the administration’s plan of reviving the mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in every higher educational institution in the country. 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…

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Students light candles for the victims of killings in the Philippines

Students from different universities in Metro Manila held simultaneous candle-lighting protests Thursday, August 11, to demand justice for the victims of summary executions and extrajudicial killings in the country. “We light these candles as expression of the youth’s strongest condemnation against all the killings experienced by the Filipino people. This is not just for the victims of drug-related killings, but also to denounce the persistent killings of our Lumad brothers and sisters,” Kevin Castro, National Union of Students of the Phiippines (NUSP) spokesperson said. As of writing, 943 people were victims of vigilante killings related to drugs, including among them…

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NUSP opposes planned burial of Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) vehemently expresses its opposition to the Duterte administration’s proposal to bury the remains of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. NUSP stands firm that the late dictator is a traitor to the Filipino people and deserves no hero’s burial. President Duterte said that he would allow this to pass simply because Marcos was a soldier during the Second World War. However, even the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has expressed dissent on the matter. The NHCP has stated Marcos’ military record is chockfull of actual inconsistencies, lies,…

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