25.3 C
Friday, January 24, 2020
Home News Latest Stories UPDATE: UP students hold ‘Day of Walkout and Action’

UPDATE: UP students hold ‘Day of Walkout and Action’


STUDENTS from the University of the Philippines on Tuesday staged a “Day of Walkout and Action” for the “right to academic freedom to organize, and to protest.”

The students gathered at about 11:30 a.m. in front of Palma Hall.

The UP Office of Student Regent declared August 20 as the “Day of Walkout and Action” amid a proposal to revive the Anti-Subversion Law which, according to Student Regent John Isaac Punzalan, will lead to extensive surveillance on students, professors, and organizations critical of the government.

UP student Aly Loveres said the claim that UP was a breeding ground for communism was an excuse for the military to enter the campus.

Loveres also criticized the government’s “red-tagging,” which started last year amid claims that students were being recruited by communist rebels for a “Red October” plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.

She emphasized that UP was teaching the students to be critical.

“The reason why we’re rallying is because we acknowledge and see that there’s something wrong going on,” she said.

Aside from UP, Gabriela Youth, Anakpawis Partylist and other universities and sectoral groups joined the rally that ended in Mendiola, a few meters from Malacañang.

Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, a former Philippine National Police chief, called on lawmakers to support the law’s revival, which seeks to criminalize membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines and its supporters. SAMANTHA TEBRIO







Duterte threatens to end PH-US deal over visa cancellation of allied senator

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States (US) if Washington does...

Duterte okays probe of Ayala-UP technohub deal

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light for the review of the lease contract between the Ayala Group and the University of the...

SWS: Filipino families who considered themselves poor up in Q4 of 2019

MORE Filipino families, especially in Metro Manila, considered themselves poor in the last quarter of 2019, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS)...

‘High’ probability of Taal eruption remains despite weakened state — Phivolcs

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Thursday that there was still a “high” probability of a “hazardous eruption” by Taal...

President undecided on Trump invitation to US-Asean Summit — Sen Go

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide if he would accept United States President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a summit between the US...

Today’s Front Page January 24, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 24, 2020