By being defensive and resorting to the distasteful tack of insinuating that serious family problems likely triggered the suicide, UP officials not only miss the entire point but also the opportunity to confront the real problems plaguing the entire university.
Tags: Kristel Tejada
Ni RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA (Para ulit kay Kristel Tejada, 16) Nakidalamhati sila sa pamilya ng patay– badha sa mukha ang panghihinayang lungkot ang tinig, balikat ay lungayngay. Ang wika nila’y ganito: “Ipinagutos kahapon ang pagrebisa nitong patakaran sa matrikula.” “Wala kaming magagawa sa palisiya ng mga eskwela.” “‘Wag sanang katasin ng mga militante ang kamatayan…
“Schooling was her life and hope. There were bigger problems that we faced in the past. Even if we hardly get a good meal, we stayed together. We remained strong. Even when she was hungry, she attended school.” Krizia, sister of UP student Kristel Tejada
By PATRICIA LOURDES VIRAY Bulatlat.com MANILA — “Mom, have you heard of the UP Manila student who committed suicide because she couldn’t pay her tuition?” “Yes, I was almost in tears when I saw it in the news. She reminded me of you.” This was the conversation that my mother and I had last March…
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
“A single death caused by the high cost of Philippine education is one death too many. Something must be done. This week, we need to rewrite history.” – Terry Ridon, president of Kabataan Partylist
The University of the Philippines is mourning.
By MARYA SALAMAT
“Not only is there a dearth of jobs in the country, there is a dearth of decent jobs. More and more Filipinos are unhappy with jobs that offer meager wages and contractual status and deny workers their legitimate rights.” – Elmer Labog, KMU
It is bad enough that students from poor families, who graduated from the country’s deteriorating public school system, would have to compete against students from the country’s version of ivy league schools: expensive private schools mostly run by Catholic congregations.
Ni Raymund Villanueva Bulatlat.com (Para kay Kristel Tejada, 16) Lumimlim ang araw, ang hangi’y humaligmig Nang mabalitaan ang iyong pagtawid Sa kawalang suliranin, sa kabilang daigdig Iniwa’y mundong panandaliang naantig Simbilis ng kidlat, sing-tulin ng hagibis Naghugas-kamay ang mga salarin Walang kasalanan silang malilinis Silang buhay mo’y laon nang itinigis Tulong nila’y sa trabaho’t sweldo’y…