Photos courtesy of Black Packers
Media Group, UP Baguio Against Budget Cut,
UP Mindanao and Vin Ce/Karaptan Bikol
Letter from the UP Student Regent: It's not about
the money money money
IN REPLY TO:
Students took to the streets last week to protest the education crisis,
not merely the budget cuts. If money were the only factor necessary to
ensure quality education, UP would outpace all other state colleges and
universities ten times over. UP (inclusive of PGH budget P5.54 billion,
with RLIP P6.6 billion) would be doing mathematical differentials while
the Philippine State College of Aeronautics (P70,062) and Marikina
Polytechnic College (P67,043) are still learning addition.
Why does government find it hard to engage the claim of activists that the
education crisis stems from factors, and gives rise to issues beyond
education spending? One of the most simple correlations we’ve raised is
1. Underfunding of education – Quality
education is influenced by the quality of teachers, the quality of
infrastructure and equipment, and ultimately, the quality of the students.
This is where underfunding matters most; Secretary Butch Abad should know
this by now. Teachers need to feed themselves, the school buildings have
to stay up, the laboratories need to be well-stocked, and the students
have to pay jeep and train fares to get to school. This is exacerbated by
2. Inequitable funding – Government makes so
many distinctions: first between basic and tertiary education, and then
among state colleges and universities. What is clear is that education is
being funded disproportionately. This results in distinct differences
between the quality of education in each school, leading to
commercialization of education.
3. Commercialization of education – Education
is a treated like a commodity, hawked like property. In such sense, thus
it must conform to the demands of the times. This is why we have the
perennial debate between private and public control over education, but in
either domain, there is a lack of framework for our educational system.
4. Lack of educational framework for education
– We have no substantial goals nor sound philosophy for our education. The
Long Term Higher Education Development Plan aims to “diffuse knowledge in
the relevant and responsive to the dynamically changing domestic and
international environment.” It is, mildly put, reactionary. The government
has no vision for this country; we lack a national industrialization
5. Lack of national industrialization
framework for the country – We have no specific growth goals for our
country which is backward and semi-feudal. Are we going to be a
production-based country? Agricultural? Manufacturing? Services? A mix of
True, there are many inefficiencies lodged in
running our schools, like when we print ten excess test papers, or when we
hire two fresh graduates when what we need is one with an MA. Our school
administrators try their best to minimize all of these; this is why UP
President Alfredo Pascual espouses “operational excellence” along with
academic excellence. But we balk when our esteemed academic and
administrative heads are compelled to be political lackeys – so they can
secure sufficient funds from the Department of Budget and Management,
Congress, and the President; and especially, assure the timely release of
the funds. (Note: Over nine years, the unreleased appropriations for UP
reached P6.19 billion.)
It is easy to say that the 10,000 students who missed classes last week
were noisy and pesky brats; even easier to call them lousy students and
flunkies. Focus on your studies, says Abigail Valte rather rashly. Ms
Valte probably lived with parents and learned from teachers who measured
intelligence by the book. For these kinds of people, memorizing Noli Me
Tangere and El Filibusterismo would be the best measure of nationalism. It
is as if, had we really studied, we would never have noticed how
injudicious the system is. Our progressive education and our society are
training us for lifelong learning, and how we wish President Noynoy Aquino,
Secretary Abad and Ms Valte were prepared as well.
Defend public education and health care! Fight for greater state subsidy
to social services!
UP Student Regent
Bicol University, Legazpi City ▼
MARTSA PARA SA EDUKASYON NG BIKOLANONG
by Vin Ce
Kumikilos na din ang mga kabataan sa rehiyong bikol laban sa pagkakaltas
ng badyet sa edukasyon ng pamahalan.September 23,2011 ng umaga, Sa ilalim
ng init ng araw at sabay sa Bicol University Week nagmarsta para sa
edukasyon ang mga kabataang estudyante sa loob ng Bicol University na isa
sa pinakamalaking unibersidad sa Bikol. Kasabay na nagmartsa ang miyembro
ng University Student Council, Universitarian (Official Publication of
BU),Socratic Circle,Anakbayan at ilan pang mga kabataan.
Ang kilos protesta ng mga kabataan ay umpisa lamang sa serye ng linguhang
kilos protesta hanggang hindi pinapakinggan ng pamahalaan ang panawagan at
karapatan ng mga kabataan. Batay sa saligang batas ang edukasyon ang dapat
na nilalagyan ng badyet ng pamahalaan hindi ang pambayad utang at para sa
Kasabay ng pag martsa ng kabataan sa Legazpi City, mayroon din ginawang
protesta ang kabataang estudyante sa Camarines Norte State College,
nagkaroon ng signature campaign, radio hopping at iba pang porma ng
protesta laban sa pagkakaltas ng badyet sa edukasyon.
Ayon sa pagaaral, binawasan ng mahigit P569.8milyon ang badyet sa
edukasyon ng mahigit 50 pambansang paaralan. Paghahati-hatian ang badyet
na ito ng halos 220 State Colleges and Universities na sa ngayon ay
patuloy ang pagdami ng estudyanteng gustong makapagaral ng libre at may
kalidad. Na sa ngayon matindi ang pagtaas ng bayarin at matrikula sa mga
pribadong kolehiyo kung kaya’t dapat sanang gawan ng paraan ng pamahalaan
na maibigay sa mga kabataang estudyante ang libreng edukasyon.
Sa kabikolan mayroong 8 malalaking State Colleges and Universities na
umaasa sa subsidyo ng pamahalaan, ito ay ang Camarines Norte State
College, Partido State College, Bicol University, Central Bicol State
University of Agriculture, Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College,
Sorsogon State College, Camarines Sur Polytechnic College at Catanduanes
State College bukod pa dito ang mga satellite campuses na kung babawasan
ang badyet humigit kumulang 100 thousand estudyante ang maaapektuhan.
Tuloy ang laban ng mga kabataan laban sa Budget cut.
EDUCATION BUDGET: dagdagan huwag bawasan!
BUDGET CUTS. .......
by Vin Ce
inalis mo ng lahat sa amin
badget sa edukasyon ganun din
ano ang gagawin mo sa amin
sobra sobrang pahirap ba gagawin?
kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan
baka ang mangyari'y
kabataan ay aasa sa bayan
ano ang kakahinatnan?
humuhugos sa lansangan mga kabataan
imbes na sila ay nasa paaralan
yan ba ang gusto ng pamahalaan
maghiyawan at lumaban ang kabataan sa pamahalaan?
ayon sa malacanang
kabataan dapat nasa silid aralan
sino ba ang dahilan
kundi kayong nasa malacanang.
walang aasahan mga kabataan
kundi pagkakaisa lamang
kaya tuloy tuloy lang ang laban
upang tayo ay mapakingan.
guro at mga estudyante
nagkakaisa sa isang derehe
kayat huwag tayong pagagapi
yan ang ating silbi.
nagsipaglabasan mga kabataan
mula luzon,visayas at ka mindanawan
tangi nilang kahilingan.
kasibasiban ng mga trapo
kahit alam nilang ito ay diretso
karapatan ay ipinagkait
sa masang sobra sobra ang hapis.
HINDI nagiisa mga kabataan
sa budget cut na pinagdadaanan
maging mga huwes at kawani sa korte
sila rin ay kinaltasan.
saan ba inilalaan
mga pagbabawas ng pamahalan
kung sa kapritso lang ito ilalaan.
paano na kung mangyari ang pagbabawas
sa budget sa hudikaturang nakalaan
baka mas lalong dumami ang
nasa kulunganang walang kasalanan.
kabataan ay di pala nagiisa,
sa bawas mode ni pnoy sa masa
serbisyo sosyal kinaltasan din
paano na basic services sa atin?
Doleout na tulong bina badyetan
marahil dito madali ang nakawan
di na maaacount ang mga binigyan
sure na sure kita mula sa kaban ng bayan.
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo
Protests are good
The protracted global economic depression is sending the economies of even
advanced capitalist countries such as the United States and members of the
European Union on a tailspin. Despite fits of financial convulsions due to
the bursting of economic bubbles and now EU countries threatening to
default on their sovereign debts if not bailed out, most official quarters
still minimize the extent and depth of the crisis of global capitalism.
But the average person-on-the-street in the perennially underdeveloped
countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East as well as
the most advanced capitalist countries in the West knows from experience
that this global economic depression is for real.
It is making life harder and harder even for the touted “middle class”.
Worse it is unclear how or when the crisis will end and how or if the
people’s situation will improve.
All over the world, what is becoming exceedingly clear for a growing
number of working people and their families – wage workers, salaried
employees and the bourgeoning underclass of unemployed, under-employed and
self-employed individuals trying to scrape together a living – is that
they are being made to unfairly bear the burden of this crisis.
And they are fighting back. They are demanding changes that mean something
to them and are not mere empty promises.
In this country, students, teachers and school officials are marching in
the streets to decry budget cuts for state colleges and universities.
Health care workers are up in arms over slashed budgets of public
hospitals and public health programs.
They denounce the Aquino government’s budget priorities: debt servicing,
conditional cash transfers aka dole-outs and military outlays that go down
the drain of corruption and failed counter-insurgency programs.
They reject the privatization and commercialization of basic social
services such as education, health care and housing and public utilities
such as water, electricity and public transport.
Militant transport workers, in particular jeepney drivers and operators,
along with the riding public have staged protests and strikes to dramatize
their opposition to run away oil prices. They attribute this to the
foreign and domestic oil cartel and speculators in the oil futures market
manipulating the oil price and raking in super profits, together with the
oil deregulation law and the national government’s “hands-off” policy even
as it collects windfall value-added-tax on higher oil prices.
The protesters are demanding the scrapping of deregulation policies,
centralized government procurement of crude oil to take advantage of the
cheapest prices, the scrapping of VAT on oil and for the government to
take the commanding heights of developing a sustainable and
people-oriented energy policy that is free from foreign domination and
Workers are on a warpath against the policy of contractualization that is
ravaging their jobs, security of tenure, wages and benefits leading to
labor being at the complete mercy of capital. They are calling for the
implementation of the twin policies of land reform and national
industrialization to optimize the utilization of the country’s natural and
human resources and to create jobs and livelihoods for the army of
unemployed and underemployed, especially the youth.
Homeless people living in shanty colonies in urban centers are resisting
spontaneously against violent demolitions of their make-do residences only
to be literally thrown into the streets. They reject so-called government
cum private development projects which exclude them but instead cater to
commercial and financial big business interests.
In the US, there have been work
stoppages and mass protests over lay-offs, budget cuts, withdrawal of
entitlements and subsidies both in the public and private sectors. Migrant
workers and other immigrants have denounced job discrimination, police
racial profiling and severe restrictions as well as harassment from
Fed-up ordinary Americans are staging an ongoing “Occupy Wall Street”
campaign wherein hundreds if not thousands of people have been conducting
a daily sit-in protest at the heart of the financial district in New York
City, pointing their fingers at the behemoths of finance capital for their
economic dislocation and immiseration.
Greece, Spain, France and Italy have witnessed hordes of their people
pouring out into the streets to reject government austerity measures after
the public coffers have been emptied in bail-outs for the banks and other
financial institutions and other failed neo-liberal policies as well as
profligacy of their ruling elites. They are also demanding jobs and social
justice against the corporate elite and their political backers who
continue to control the highest levers of power.
In North Africa and the Middle East, the political upheavals that have
removed or are trying to depose entrenched authoritarian regimes continue.
The workers and youth in Egypt, for example, will not settle for the mere
removal of their previous ruler, Mubarak, but are calling for his trial
and those of his cohorts to account for their crimes against the people.
They reject the military’s hold on power and demand greater political
representation of ordinary people in decision-making. They call for an end
to failed policies that have only managed to deepen their people’s
impoverishment and misery and the backwardness and stagnation of their
economy. They vigorously call the US to account for backing the Mubarak
regime and its policy of rapprochement with the Zionists in Israel.
Sooner than expected, the real objectives of US-NATO in invading Libya are
revealed. For one, Libya is being turned into their newest field of
investment (read: dumping ground of surplus capital), with the IMF-World
Bank "asked" to "rehabilitate" the Libyan economy using the billions of
dollars the Libyan government has invested in foreign banks, and to repair
its infrastructure damaged by the US-NATO bombings.
All these developments are rooted in the inability of the global
capitalist system to fully recover from the global economic crisis
triggered by the financial meltdown in 2007-08. The continuing and
intensifying paroxysms in the very centers of capital belie all claims
that the world economy has recovered or is on the way to recovery.
This is not at all surprising since none of the neoliberal policies that
have brought about the crisis has been reversed. Measures have not been
put in place for regulating transactions in financial derivative long
identified as one of the major culprits that brought about the meltdown.
Worse, the US and European governments, invariably beholden to and
directed by finance capital, continue to conspire to this day in diverting
public funds meant for housing, education and other basic social services
to rescue the latter.
Corporate media and bourgeois propaganda may have succeeded for some time
in conjuring the illusion of recovery and brighter times ahead, the
reality of continuing joblessness, rising prices and loss of social
security inevitably catches up and bursts whatever bubble of false hope
Thus while it can be argued that the people’s protests are long overdue
and still need to gain strength and momentum, these have so far been the
only forces that have mitigated the greed and avarice of the big
capitalists and their agents in the bureaucracies.
In the medium and long run, they are bound to grow and gain more strength
as the crisis worsens and the hardships become more intolerable worldwide.
Published in Business World
30 Sept - 1 October 2011
Mindanao, Davao City ▼
The Right to Strike!
by KABATAAN PARTYLIST on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 5:53pm
Privilege Speech of Kabataan
Party-list Rep. Raymond 'Mong' Palatino
Delivered on September 26, 2011 at the House of Representatives
Mr. Speaker I rise to defend the right of our youth to participate in
political activities. Last Saturday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson
Abigail Valte urged the students to focus on their studies instead of
participating in rallies. The remark was issued a day after the successful
staging of a nationwide strike of students, teachers, school officials and
members of concerned sectors who forged a strong unity to defend of our
State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). The strike was organized for three
reasons: 1) To protest the budget cuts and insufficient funding for our
state schools; 2) To demand the realignment of the budget bill so that
more funds can be used for the expansion and improvement of public higher
education; 3) To urge the Aquino government to review its higher education
Instead of belittling last Friday’s protest action, Malacanang should
properly address the demands presented by the students. Instead of
discouraging the youth to actively engage our political leaders,
Malacanang should welcome the participation of young people in politics.
Ms. Valte and other Malacanang propagandists should not underestimate the
students who joined the strike. They might be surprised to discover that
the strikers are among the most committed scholars of our schools. The
students must be commended for finding time and sacrificing so that they
can link arms with other iskolars ng bayan in collectively asserting their
legitimate demands to the government. They skipped classes not because
they are abandoning schooling but because they wanted better education.
They marched on the streets not because they are school delinquents but
because they wanted to remind the government that its policies on
education and funding priorities are forcing many young people to drop out
from schools. It is precisely out of supreme dedication to learning that
motivated the students to organize the strike.
Malacanang should know better that students are capable of performing well
in schools while taking an active role in campus and even national
politics. To speak and act decisively on various social and political
issues are among the important duties of our young citizens. These are
part of the youth’s learning development; these are essential components
of citizen education in a democratic society.
Valte and the other propagandists seem to forget that from time to time,
Malacanang itself is organizing public assemblies and even rallies where
student participation is often made a school requirement. The President
himself has been very consistent in his appeal for active youth
participation in the public affairs. In a recent speech, the president
even reminisced about his involvement in the student movement during the
Martial Law years.
It is wrong for student activists to organize rallies but it becomes
acceptable if approved by Malacanang? Public assemblies and rallies are
not beneficial to society but they become an integral component of
citizenship if endorsed by Malacanang? Our elders did the right thing when
they marched on the streets in their youth, but students today are
irresponsible if they skip classes to attend protest actions?
Encouraging the youth to study better isn’t wrong. What is unacceptable is
the refusal to recognize that the youth become better educated if they are
also immersed in the social and political affairs of the country. We need
more student strikers, not less.
Malacanang shouldn’t limit the capacity of young people to perform great
political actions. It shouldn’t reduce youth political engagement into
wearing of yellow ribbons and posting comments on the President’s social
network pages. Young people today, like the earlier generations, are
willing and capable of creating history.
Last week’s strike was something we should have anticipated. We cannot
reduce the funds for social services without provoking the anger of our
citizens. We cannot impose budget cuts and allocate insufficient funds for
social services without generating public unrest.
Mr. Speaker, distinguished colleagues, we live in dire times. Domestically
and globally, budget cuts, price hikes, continuous rights violations and
social strife continue to inspire countless young people to rely on the
collective wisdom and power of the oppressed to build a better and more
humane, progressive society.
Youths all over the world are up in arms. Youth and student riots in
London, Chile, Spain, Madagascar, Columbia, Germany, Malaysia and
elsewhere in the world are testament to how volatile the present global
economic crisis is. Youths 17-25 years old are jobless, students are
protesting against budget cuts and tuition and price increases. The whole
world is in debt.
The Philippines is not an exception. Our conditions are not different, if
worse, from other countries. And as in other countries, the youth and
student movement is undeniably a moving force in the fight for substantial
Indeed, the string of massive student protests that erupted during the
past few months were only a logical response to the aggravating crisis
brought about by the disarray in the current global economic order.
Economies that once seemed unscathed are now experiencing economic
recessions. In order to curb their impending decline, countries intensify
their privatization, deregulation and liberalization schemes—the three
essential components of the current dominant economic framework
notoriously known as neoliberalism.
Malamang ay nagtataka rin kayo: Di hamak na mas mahirap na bansa ang
Pilipinas kaysa mga bansang nabanggit ko, pero bakit hindi pa nagra-riot
ang mga kabataan dito?
Mr. Speaker, distinguished colleagues, we have our youth and student
movement to thank for. Kailangang maunawaan ng marami na mapagpasya pa rin
ang organisasyon ng mga kabataang aktibista sa paghikayat na magkaroon ng
pagkakaisa sa ating bansa. Kung ano ang mayroon tayo at wala ang iba – ito
ang buong kilusang kabataan at estudyante na naninindigang hindi riots at
hindi anarkiya ang sasagot sa krisis. Sa kabila ng lahat, namamayani ang
disiplina at matibay na organisadong pagkilos ng ating mga kabataang
aktibista. Sa ganitong diwa, dapat pa nga natin pasalamatan ang mga
organisasyong tulad ng League of Filipino Students (LFS) at iba pang mga
makabayang organisasyon ng kabataan na nakikibaka para sa mas magandang
bukas para sa ating bayan.
The social policies of the Aquino administration, clear as clear can be,
nourish the ground for critical dissent. What the Palace is telling our
youth now is to be silent while their right to education and social
services is continuously violated. Reports early today contain a statement
from DBM Secretary Butch Abad saying that our youth should make do with
insufficient funds for our public higher education. It is this kind of
utter insensitivity of the Aquino administration that forces our youth and
people to heighten the struggle for their basic rights.
More strikes, not less, will definitely rock the nation as the youth and
people fight for their future.
Strike Two: UP
Mindanao students slam PNoy admin’s second round of budget cuts
DAVAO CITY - Students from University of the Philippines (UP) - Mindanao
staged a protest action at the campus in Mintal, simultaneously with the
on-going strikes against budget cuts on social services in other parts of
“The Aquino administration has turned a deaf ear once again to the voices
of the people. With another round of budget cut in social services like
education and health, the PNoy admin has shown its insincerity in
addressing soci-economic problems of the country. Hindi tayo ang kanyang
“BOSS”,” said Rendell Cagula, chairperson of the UP Mindanao University
For the fiscal year 2012, the Aquino government allotted only P21.8
billion for the budget of 110 state colleges and universities in the
country, lower than last year’s P22.03 billion.
Last year, students and other sectors nation-wide conducted strikes and
protests against budget-cuts by the government. And with another round of
budget - cuts this year, thousands and thousands of students are expected
to join strikes.
“For Pres. Aquino to claim that his
administration prioritizes education and other social services is a bitter
pill to swallow. It is evident that his administration’s proposed national
budget, will only increase the already swelling number of students
dropping out or not enrolling to school so as a consequence to the
continued slashes from subsidy to state universities and colleges on top
of skyrocketing tuition fees,” said Cagula.
“The students and the people will continue to protest against the PNoy
administration as it continues to implement anti-student and anti-people
policies. We are being denied of our most basic rights to education and
social services. And this is enough reason for more people to join us as
we intensify our actions in the coming weeks,” stressed Cagula.###
Chairperson, National Union of Students of the Philippines - Davao City
Photo Credits: Kit Frias
National Union of Students of the Philippines
Davao City Chapter
League of Filipino Students
118-B Sct. Rallos Ext., Bgy Sacred Heart, Quezon City
September 26, 2011
Abad,'Valtermort' doing a Goebbels
denying educ budget cuts
"Just like Goebbels."
This was how Terry Ridon, national chairperson of the League of Filipino
Students described the continued denials of DBM Sec. Florencio Abad and
Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail "Valtemort" Valte that the Aquino
government never cut the budget of state college and universities.
Ridon likened the two Palace officials to the Nazi chief propagandist
Joseph Goebbels who infamously said that if one tells a lie big enough and
keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it as the truth.
The militant student leaders said that no less than the 2012 General
Appropriations proposal in the DBM Website shows that indeed the Aquino
government had cut again cut the budget of state colleges and
universities. (Photo-grabbed image attached)
"As far as we know that's lying through their teeth to merely score
propaganda points. And we thought lying and cheating are among the things
this government absolutely abhors."
Ridon promised more strikes in the coming days as the budget is
deliberated in the Senate.
"Yes, Ms. Valtemort, the protests will continue. And yes, many of the
students scored well in their pre-final exams despite the strikes."
Reference: Terry Ridon, 09155310725
September 25, 2011
Pauline Gidget Estella
CEGP National Deputy Secretary General
‘Focus on providing affordable education,’
campus journalists tell Palace
A day after the historic protest action of more than 8,000 youth, the
Malacanang, through Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte, still ignored the
clamor of the thousands of students and instead told them to “focus on
their studies” rather than walk out of their classes.
“After thousands of students marched from Diliman to Mendiola under the
scorching sun, after the numerous unity marches and long string of
creative activities, after the days of strike, this is what the government
tells us? That we are simply misinformed? Valte’s remarks smack of
arrogance and unwillingness to listen,” said Pauline Gidget Estella,
deputy secretary general of College Editors Guild of the Philippines, the
widest and longest-running alliance of student publications.
“Miss Valte, if you are asking us to focus on our studies, then we say
that you should first focus on thinking twice with your statements. In the
first place, how can we focus on our studies if many of us could no longer
afford to study even in a state university? You are telling us to focus on
our studies when the continuing trend of state neglect robs us of our
right to education,” said Estella.
As student journalists and budding media practitioners, “we do not only
verify facts, we also have the duty to analyze them, to flesh out the
truth in the fact,” said Estella. “While Valte said that there is a 10.1
percent increase in the budget for state universities and colleges (SUCs),
we know that the truth is that this 10 percent is comprised of conditional
funds, and that they will not be released without complying with
prerequisites set by the government,” she explained.
Estella added that if the government really prioritizes education, then it
could realign the huge “confidential” and “intelligence” funds to social
services, especially amid reports of corruption in the use of these funds.
“Students, employees, teachers and even school administrators are engaged
in the fight for greater subsidy. Instead of listening and doing its job,
the government dismisses the protests and tells us to focus on our studies
because it could no longer sustain its deceptive explanations,” said
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2011
Aside from lying, the Aquino administration
has also been consistently inconsistent -NUSP
‘LIARS’ and ‘consistently inconsistent’ is how, National Union of Students
of the Philippines (NUSP) describes the recent slurry of media releases of
the palace following the series of protests of State Universities and
The Aquino Government is relentless in its pursuit to discredit the
massive protests of the students, faculty, administration, and staff of
SUCs. This was the observation of NUSP to the recent statement of
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Butch Abad that the
budget for SUCs has in face ‘increased’, providing ‘maximum budget for all
agencies is unfeasible’, and that ‘more funds won’t do’.
“Firstly, we know that it is a lie that SUC budgets increased as it has
been consistently declining since 2009, just look at your own proposals,”
says NUSP President Einstein Recedes. He contends, “SUCs have consistently
not been receiving Capital Outlay funding, for the case of UP the National
Government even owes it at least Php Six Billion in unreleased funds”.
“Secondly, I believe it is downright dim-witted to claim that we demand
maximum budget for everything. The SUC community is certainly not as
dim-witted as Sec. Abad, we know that there are enough funds: how about
your wife’s district, CCTs, the military, the intelligence funds, the
Office of the President, and other Palace offices?,” adds Mr. Recedes
“Lastly, comparing UP with ADMU, DLSU, and UST in the QS is at best
short-sighted and at worst misinformed,” says Mr. Recedes. He explains
that UP and SUCs simply cannot be compared with these Private universities
for the simple reason that they are privately owned and funded. Mr.
Recedes brushed this propaganda and says, “This is yet another scheme of
the DBM and the administration to veer away from the issue at hand.”
“They need to start doing their mandate and fund for SUC’s with a budget
that is not just for subsistence but for development,” says Mr. Recedes,
even quoting Executive Director Julito Vitriolo of the Commission on
Mr. Recedes also belies the claims of several palace apologists. “Aside
from lying they have also been consistently inconsistent, they say that
they listen but on the other hand discredit the demands of SUCs, clearly
they are not willing to listen.”
He ends by exposing the entire character of the Aquino administration’s
budget. “It is clear that the government continues not only to be
oblivious but even aggravates to the crisis of the education sector and
its anti-development and anti-people budget is a clear indication. Yes
it’s not just about funding it’s about your government’s skewed
Vanessa faye Bolibol, NUSP Secretary-general, 09261703655
Rainier Sindayen, NUSP EdRes Officer, 09178897725
25 September 2011
Palace officials are ingrates to People Power
I & II
“Palace officials should closely review their history and party rhetoric
when they call on students to just focus on studies rather than protest.
They are ingrates to the memory of People Power I & II when they make such
pronouncements.” Says Einstein Recedes, National Union of Students of the
Philippines (NUSP) National President.
This statement from the NUSP President comes after Deputy Presidential
Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement through the Philippine Daily
Inquirer that students [should] “concentrate on their studies rather than
[walk] out of their classrooms to protest supposed budget cuts for their
“This is outright arrogance on the part of the government,” says Recedes.
He adds, “How dare they use the memory of People Power to bolster their
image while also demeaning and discrediting the protest of the students
The student leader ended his statement with a wake-up call to palace
officials, “I wish to remind you that were it not for protest
actions–People Power being one such protest — you [Valte] and your boss [Aquino]
would probably not even be there in the first place.”
Reference: Vanessa faye Bolibol, NUSP Secretary-General, 0926-1703655
POEMS ON THE BUDGET CUT
Kung keri nga lamang,
bet kong magkapakpak
sa mga moment na binebeso
ng aspalto ang aking pisngi,
kinokyompal ng sapal ng juicy fruit
ang nahahagard kong fezlak,
binabalaj ng lubak itey sikmura,
chinachaka’t nilulunod ng ulap
ang buo kong ka-foahan.
Kung true nga lamang
na straight na ang mga daan,
gets ko, wiz na kailangang
ako ay sabunutan,
at times two
na buhulin ang buhok,
At sa muling pagkasense ko sa inyo
ng imbey na budjey cut —
i-flying kick n’yo sa bato,
Agit Isidro ang ngalan
ng inyong mga araw,
at comatose na naman
ang haggardo versosa kong katawan.
But no, ‘wag kayong ma-afraid.
Waley man akong pakpak,
sa Cartimar man ako ipinanganak,
hanggang budjey na cheapaz
ang moda sa pisngi ng pisara,
katawan ng tubo, palad ng pabrika,
at sa pulso ng pagamutan—
mawawafaz akong nakayakap
sa inyong mga talampakan.
Sapagkat long march ninyo
ang sukat ng kahulugan
ng nirarugged kong pamumuhay.
lagpas sa arko
Tala sa ilang salita:
Agit Isidro- Agitated
Bet: Gusto o nais
Comatose- Ekspresyon para sa sobrang kapaguran
Hagardo Versosa: Haggard
Itey: Ito (ginamit bilang itong)
Ka-foahan: Mula sa foa o full of art
Keri: Ayos o ok lang
Mawawafaz: Masisira o mawawasak
Vijae Orquia Alquisola