By GINO ESTELLA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Several progressive youth organizations took to the streets here on Philippine Independence Day to urge incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to take more pro-country steps in his administration. Around a hundred people from groups such as the League of Filipino Students (LFS), Anakbayan, Kabataan Partylist and the College Editors Guild…
“If this is President Aquino’s farewell gift to the youth, we reject it just as we reject his calamitous legacy.”
Education is a basic right, but why is there a huge number of out-of-school youth? Why is the drop-out rate high?
“The election period has highlighted the youth sector’s clamor for free public education up to the tertiary level, a move that can only be achieved by stopping tuition and other fee increases and at the same time, allocating greater state funding for public education institutions, including all state universities and colleges.”
One of the agreed US military base locations is near the site of the historic battle where Filipino revolutionaries defeated American troops in the Philippine-American War.
“There was a part when the children went down from the stage and gave us their medals, as they were singing. I could not help but cry, I think all of us parents did.”
“We remember that she should never have been pushed away from an institution she deserved to be in, because of a flawed and unjust system.”
“We see nothing wrong with the UP student’s line of questioning. In fact, Stephen Villena has given Mayor Rodrigo Duterte the rare chance to expound on his education platform.”
“We will not allow both the Marcoses and the Aquinos to reshape our history…”
“We are here today because we believe that the struggle of Filipinos during that time did not end. As youth, we have a role to continue that not only for our future but for the next generation as well.”
MANILA — Students and progressive youth groups protesting the incessant college tuition hikes staged a nationwide walkout protest against tuition and other school fees increases on Wednesday, Feb. 24. In Metro Manila, students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila and Diliman, University of Santo Tomas (UST), joined the…