By Jason Faustino
A notice of strike was “served” by militant youth and students groups disclosing that a nationwide protest action is brewing in major universities and colleges across the country in protest of budget cut among State Universities and Colleges.
“Taking off from the massive protests and walkouts in recent months, youth and students led by the League of Filipino Students (LFS), Anakbayan, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP), National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) announced yesterday that the nationwide strike that is brewing in major universities and colleges throughout the nation to protest the SUC budget cut,” a statement from League of Filipino Students (LFS) read.
“Youth and students took to the streets to show their wrath on the Aquino regime for slashing the State Universities and Colleges (SUC) budget by P1.1 billion,” LFS added.
The LFS also said instead of addressing the issue of shortages in higher education in public sector, the Aquino regime’s response furthered the rage of the students.
Einstein Recedes, NUSP president, chided the government for saying that cutting the SUC budget is okay because the schools are able to generate funds by functioning like corporations.”
Recedes said this is the brand of education the youth are struggling to change.
He said it is apparent that Aquino backs up this kind of education that favors the few who can afford.
“This is the reason why we will go on strike. Education is a right, and an administration that disregards and discredits this fact will feel the weight of the students’ anger at its doorsteps.” Recedes said.
It is horrifyingly frustrating to see, everyday, evidence of why I should be sorry to have joined the yellow campaign before elections. I used to think that Yellow was the color for change.
Now I know that it is the color for cowardice — cowardice to effect the change that they have so touted during the campaign period.