May 23, 2017

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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UP students protest dorm failure and lack of subjects due to admin neglect, K-12

Dorm System Failure UP students led by the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP), Office of the Student Regent and other mass organizations protest the failure and neglect of the UP administration in providing accessible student housing to more than 300 students / dorm applicants. STAND UP Chairperson Mench Tilendo said that “It is enraging that the University of the Philippines administration forces students to take semi-private dormitories amounting to 3,000 pesos per head. Some cases of appeals are that of students from impoverished families, belonging to Brackets D and E.” While UP Diliman…

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Sto. Nino Parochial School Urged: Stop Harassing Krissel Mallari, Release Certificate of Good Moral Character

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) decries the continuing harassment and repression by the Sto. Nino Parochial School (SNPS) to its batch salutatorian, Krisel Mallari. Mallari is unable to process her college enrollment in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) because the SNPS is withholding her certificate of good moral character for Krissel’s exposition of the said high school’s politics related to honors and awards. Krisel cried injustice during her graduation speech, which was then censored by SNPS officials. The Court of Appeals has already released a temporary restraining order that allows Mallari to get her certificate….

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SONAngaling!: Student Union Scores Aquino’s SONA 2015 on Education

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) counters BS Aquino III’s claims on education in hist sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) and calls it “SONAngaling!” or “A SONA of Lies.” While Aquino boasts of his sugarcoated victories in the field of education, the real state of Philippine education is revealed by NUSP’s numerous researches and grassroots work summarized in the series touted as State of the Youth Address (SOYA). “The figures cannot be denied by the magician and crook by the name of Benigno: we have an annual college dropout of 2.3 million and…

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What BS Aquino tried to hide in his SONA of lies (Part 1)

Quick Read: Here are the issues that President BS Aquino III did not want to tackle in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA). (1) KAPUS-KALUSUGAN: More than 70 public hospitals being privatized by the BS Aquino III government via the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Privatization of public hospitals alienates the majority of the impoverished Filipinos from healthcare, said the Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) at Network Opposed to Privatization (NOP). P35 billion of the P102 billion Department of Health (DOH) funding is alloted for PhilHealth premiums. But only 40% to 60% is the actual PhilHealth beneficiaries instead of the 87% declaration of DOH. Out-of-pocket expenses…

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