In photo: Student activist explains the advocacy of the protest.
By Patricia Lee Yanga
STUDENTS from different universities participated in a Martial Law commemoration rally to call for the right to free education and fight against historical revisionism, Wednesday.
The youth gathering consisted of students from the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines systems, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, other schools from NCR, and students from Aurallo High School. The League of Filipino Students (LFS), Kabataan Partylist, Anakbayan, National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) were also there with the same goal.
JP Rosos, LFS National Spokesperson said that the gathering was organized on the first month of classes. It was titled the “Pambansang Araw ng Walk-Out” to call out the almost 500 schools that are aiming for another tuition hike.
“Sakto ito sa ika-44 na anibersaryo ng paggunita ng Martial Law, dahil kagaya nuon, para tayong tinatanggalan ng karapatan – karapatan sa edukasyon at patuloy tayong pinapahirapan.” said Rosos.
The Spokesperson believes that President Duterte is “different” from the past administrations. He says that Duterte is the only president that has opted to listen to the protestors and consider their proposals.
“Di malabo na pakinggan ang ating mga kahilingan, na pinangako nya naman. Ineexpect namin na gawin niya sa lalong madaling panahon ang mga ito.” Rosos noted.
The students call out all people to participate in these kinds of assemblies and not think that it is only a bother or a cause of traffic.
“Maging kabahagi sana tayo, kung gusto natin ng pagbabago, dapat lahat ay sama-samang gumagawa ng aksyon at sama-samang gumagawa ng solusyon,” they said.