Law Students Kontra Cha-Cha!
Vinzons Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
July 8, 2009
Law Student Councils and Organizations Voice Concern over Charter
Change and the Spate of Bombings
Law student councils and organizations from the country’s top law schools
converged at the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City today to voice
their concern over the spate of bombings around the country and warned
that these may be used as an excuse by the Arroyo government to suppress
the growing opposition against Charter Change.
“If there is anyone that would benefit from the bombings and security
threats flying around the metro, it would only be Mrs. Arroyo and her
Cha-Cha machine.” This was the statement of Terry Ridon, UP Law student
and convenor of Law Students Kontra Cha-Cha, a broad alliance of law
student organizations and councils from the different schools of the
country, including UP Law, Ateneo de Manila School of Law, San Beda
College of Law, UST Faculty of Civil Law and the Lyceum College of Law.
Ridon said the spate of bombings and the continuing threat of Charter
Change have compelled the normally studious law school communities to
engage in unified political action.
“The jurisprudence we study had shown that bombings scenarios like today
have been used by the Marcos regime as a justification to declare martial
law and create the legal situation for his complete perpetuation in power.
Such seems to be the game plan of Mrs. Arroyo as well We cannot allow this
government to exploit the situation.” Ridon said.
Ridon said Law Students Kontra Cha-Cha! together with Kabataan Kontra
Cha-Cha! will be scheduling Cha-Cha forums and discussions in different
law schools around the country to convince more law students to oppose
Mrs. Arroyo’s Charter Change efforts, despite growing security concerns.
“As our contribution to the anti-Cha-Cha campaigns, we will mobilize law
students to join the July 10 National Youth Protest Against Cha-Cha and
the massive protest rally during Mrs. Arroyo’s State of the Nation Adress
at the end of the month.” Ridon said.
Terry Ridon, Convenor, Law Students Kontra Cha-Cha!,
NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS OF
THE PHILIPPINES-Southern Tagalog
KABATAAN PARTY-SOUTHERN TAGALOG
PRESS RELEASE Reference: Rayan Brozula
July 10, 2009 Deputy secretary general, NUSP-ST
John Paulo Bautista
Regional coordinator, Kabataan-ST
Southern Tagalog students and youth issue “memorandum” for
CHED-CALABARZON; say education crisis will worsen if Cha Cha persists
On the heels of Sen. Escudero’s declaration that the Philippine education
crisis is worsening, students and youth from Southern Tagalog picketed
today the Commission on Higher Education-CALABARZON office to condemn its
failure to curb sky-rocketing tuition and other fee increases. Led by
Southern Tagalog chapters of the National Union of Students of the
Philippines , KABATAAN Party, College Editors Guild of the Philippines ,
and ANAKBAYAN, the youth issued a “memorandum” ordering the CHED to
immediately implement a moratorium on tuition and other fee increases and
investigate current school fees which are already “overpriced.”
“CHED has been issuing memorandums regarding tuition increases, but these
have no teeth and have only served as a stamp pad of school owners to
legalize their yearly increases. We say that education is ‘overpriced,’
just as we refer to rice, oil, and other products because education has
become a commodity – it is a privilege for those financially capable, and
is no longer a right of the poor. Tuition and other fees steeply increased
mostly under the Arroyo administration wherein tuition doubled,” Rayan
Brozula, NUSP-ST deputy secretary general, said.
The protesters also carried a symbolic padlock to show that CHED has not
upheld the right of students of Southern Tagalog to quality and accessible
education. After the picket, the youth converged with militant groups from
the NCR and participated in the national day of protest of the youth.
The protest action is part of the protesters “Black Friday countdown,” a
series of protest actions of the youth exposing the real state of the
youth before Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address. Themed, ‘Eight years is
enough, Gloria must drop,’ the countdown kicked-off last June 12 with a
signature campaign against Charter Change, noise barrages, t-shirt
printing, and other activities.
John Paulo Bautista, regional coordinator of Kabataan Party-Southern
Tagalog, said that Arroyo’s SONA will be significant for the youth because
of news that administration congressmen will use the event as a venue for
Charter Change to push through. “Whatever happens in the coming days will
definitely affect our future. That is why we, the youth, will not simply
sit back and hear Arroyo’s sugar-coated SONA. We know the truth, and we
will use all our effort to reveal this and our calls for genuine change,
not charter change. The education crisis will worsen if the proposed Cha
Cha is passed because this includes amendments allowing foreigners to
fully own institutions of learning. Not only this, Cha Cha will also allow
100% foreign ownership of land, leading to intensified plunder of our
natural resources. We have made a stand against Cha Cha, and we will
actively fight for it.”
In the University of the Philippines-Los Banos, a sign-up center against
Cha Cha has been set up inside the campus. A multi-sectoral alliance
against Cha Cha has also been formed.
Southern Tagalog students and youth will be participating in the upcoming
six-day protest march leading to Arroyo’s SONA.###
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