June 23, 2017

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

“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

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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Student Union to Duterte: Hold Aquino, CHED accountable for tuition & school fee hikes!

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemn in the strongest possible terms the unjust approval of tuition and other school fees (OSFs) increases in 304 Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs) for the academic year (AY) 2016-2017.  This demonstrates that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of their rampant negligence and just acts as a stamp pad for school owners. “As the term of office of CHED officials come to a close, they have remained to be traitors to the Filipino students. This year the youth will be facing a monstrous tuition average of P19,410.30 for 30 units…

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Students to CHED and Aquino: Listen to our demands, stop tuition hikes!

Youth groups led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) stormed the Commission on Higher Education May 25 to oppose tuition and other school fees increase and demand a freeze moratorium to the pending tuition hikes of various universities and colleges for the academic year 2016-2017. “The Union is firm in upholding that education, at all levels, is a basic human right. Any hike in any university or college’s tuition and other fees is a direct manifestation that tertiary education serves as a lucrative business utilized by capitalist-educators to gain profit from the students themselves,” said Kevin…

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Student Union slams Court’s bail-grant to pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) expresses condemnation to the highest degree over Sandiganbayan’s decision to grant bail to pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. “Sandiganbayan’s unpalatable decision of granting bail to pork barrel queen Janet Napoles is a direct insult to the toiling Filipino masses who were denied basic social services due to majority of our politicians’ selfish motives,” Jess Ferrera, NUSP spokesperson said. Ferrera added that this is the brand of justice ‘Tuwid na Daan’ has been upholding ever since – favorable to the selective few who are allies of the Liberal Party and prejudicial…

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MANIFESTO OF UNITY FOR JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY OVER KIDAPAWAN MASSACRE

We, student councils, publications, youth organizations and formations, are one with the Kidapawan farmers in their plight towards justice as they continue their struggle for immediate relief from the government – aids that up to this point have not yet reached the deteriorating conditions of the peasants. The youth is in solidarity with the global community in expressing outrage over the tragedy of the Kidapawan massacre leaving a death toll of 2 people, 116 injured and at least 70 mauled and arrested. We strongly believe that there will never be an acceptable reason for this government to take the lives…

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Students light candles in solidarity with Kidapawan farmers, call for justice and accountability

Students from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) and youth groups held a symbolic candle-lighting action April 7 to demand justice and accountability from the Aquino regime for the death of 7 farmers in the Kidapawan massacre. “As the tally of victims of the state-initiated Kidapawan massacre rose, the youth will further intensify  the unity we forged with the farmers,” Kevin Castro, National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) Deputy Secretary General, said. “Massacres involving farmers had been in the bloodline of the Aquinos – Cory with her infamous Mendiola massacre and her son, PNoy, with the Kidapawan…

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Student union hits Alcala, Valte over statements vs farmers; denounce Aquino’s silence

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) decries statements from Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte that downsize the rightful demands of the drought-hit farmers. The student union hit Sec. Alcala following his statement, “Hindi po grabe ang hirap doon sa lugar nila.” According to NUSP Spokesperson Jess Ferrera, “No wonder our farmers are starving, the likes of Sec. Alcala would comfortably disregard our farmers’ calls for aid instead of immediately addressing them. Maybe Sec. Alcala would want to wait for all our farmers to die of starvation before he comsiders doing something…

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Tragedies and massacre: Aquino, tuwid na daan’s legacy – student union

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemns in the utmost possible term the massacre of at least 7 farmers in Kidapawan City last April 1 cause by yet another criminal negligence of the Aquino administration. “To begin with, it was the government’s incompetence in handling the worsening El Niño drought that sparked the protest of 6,000 farmers. But the government resolved it by carrying out another massacre,” according to Jess Ferrera, NUSP spokesperson. 6,000 farmers from North Cotabato maintained a human barricade for 4 days before bloodily dispersed by state forces. They were calling for the immediate release…

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CHED Chair scored for discouraging students to go to college; Students liken Licuanan to labor exploiter & dictator “Lola Nidora”

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) scored the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for downplaying the right to college education of every Filipino. No less than CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan herself listlessly said: “We don’t think that every student really should go to college.” As if that remark was not enough, Licuanan furthered her inuendo: “(B)ut in our culture, we have that notion that everyone should get a college diploma. I don’t think that’s necessary.” CHED, Licuanan: Appendages of Aquino’s Neoliberal Education Policies NUSP believes that what CHED Chair Licuanan said is “not necessary,” is way out…

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