March 26, 2017

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

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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…

“Kabataan, Tayo ang Pag-asa”: A Vow of Vigilance

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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest and broadest alliance of more than 650 student councils / governments / federations in the country, remains steadfast and firm in Gat. Jose Rizal’s belief that the youth is the hope of the nation. Together with the masses of the Filipino people, the youth play a pivotal role in genuine social change and emancipation. As we commemorate the birth of one of the young Filipino martyrs who fought against oppression and inequality, the student union, together with other progressive student and youth groups, reaffirms its commitment in serving the…

Students from Catholic schools reiterate Pope’s education advocacy: “Don’t let our love for school be taken away” by tuition hikes, deregulation

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Student leaders from different Catholic schools, and other universities and colleges spearheaded by the Rise for Education Alliance, converge in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) today, January 23, 2015, to reiterate and extend Pope Francis’ words regarding education: “Please, please don´t let our love for school be taken away” by tuition and school fees hikes. “The high cost of education, this deregulation of education, has historically, especially in President BS Aquino III’s almost six years in office, taken away from the students their love for and right to education,” says Ms. Sarah Elago, Convenor of the Rise for Education…

#NeverForget Mendiola Massacre; 28 years of Injustice and Impunity

Land distribution to farmers has always been part of electoral promises. But history has shown us that the centuries-old battle of the Filipino people for genuine agrarian reform has always been met by state violence. Such violence was experienced by Filipino farmers during the dark Mendiola Massacre of January 22, 1987.  The perennial problem of landlessness of the majority in the country is perpetuated not only by the ruling elite but also by state-sponsored bogus land reform policies named “Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Policy” (CARP) and its worsened form, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER). Moreover, foreign and multi-national companies…

Rise for Kristel Tejada, Rise for Education!

National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) March 13, 2014 The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) reiterates its call for justice for the death of UP Manila student Kristel Tejada. A year after Kristel’s death, UP and Philippine education remain to be inaccessible and anti-student. The high cost of UP education was among the reasons that pushed Kristel against the wall. This should never happen again. As if not learning from history, the BS Aquino III and the UP administrations continue its anti-student and anti-people policies on education. For this coming academic year (2014-2015), around 400…