February 25, 2009
Guilds of Student writers and leaders want EDSA defector ousted!
Cotabato City- A guild of student writers based in Greater Cotabato wants
GMA be ousted
before 2010. The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP)- Greater
formation comprise chapters of student publication and writers in Cotabato
City, Midsayap, Kabacan and Maguindanao stage a protest rally here today
its call for Arroyo’s removal after several issues confronted the youth
and education sector
during the start of this year.
The Guild labeled Gloria Arroyo as defector of EDSA people power uprising
approved and implemented various anti-people policies such as CPR, EO 464
Security Act among others.
“Student writers are one with the country’s journalists denouncing
insecurity and disrespect
to press freedom under GMA administration. Philippines has been listed as
risky place for journalists in the world. Even in the campus level, campus
continuously experiencing harassments from different perpetrators” said
guild’s general secretary.
Tirol vehemently condemned the malicious “profiling” of a certain Napoleon
National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) to Bai Ali Indayla,
former chief editor of
the TORCH student publication in Cotabato City State Polytechnic College.
allegedly “collected” various issues of the publication including its
literary folio and personal
background of Ms. Indayla as part of his surveillance work.
“The CEGP laments that despite the attacks to mainstream media even to the
writers and leaders, Arroyo’s administration still has no political will
to cease and resolve
this problem. Nobody should be blame if one would be subjective that there
consent on the attacks to press freedom” Tirol added.
The group also counted the latest incident of killing to a certain radio
SAMAKANA or Samahan para sa Kagalingan at Karapatan ng Estudyante an
students in Cotabato City State Polytechnic College also denounce the plan
private higher institutions to increase its tuition and miscellaneous fees
for the school year
of 2009-2010. The group urges the Malacanan to intervene on the said plan
it might weigh down more to Filipino masses who suffer effects of global
“All student leaders must stand with the democratic rights and welfare of
Another increase in our tuition will be a burden to our families and will
keep our education
more inaccessible to poor ones and may balloon the drop-out rates. Hence,
what is more
important is that we should voice-out the NO to TFI sentiments of
studentry and the
consultation process, if there is any case, must not be violated” Alibasit
SAMAKANA spokesperson concluded.
The groups stressed that after EDSA 2001, GMA has broken the hopes and
Filipino people to be freed from poverty, food insecurity, unemployment
and poor education
stating that present administration is more corrupt, fascist and
As for the issues confronting youth and education sectors they foresee
that youth and
student will more strengthen its unity with the Filipino masses for GMA
For reference: Michelle Tirol/ Alibasit Macar