These red (tagged) comrades were not responsible for the phasing out of jeepneys, for rampant violations of human rights, for the collapse of our agriculture. They took up arms precisely because they know that the peaceful means to achieve genuine social change is irresolvable in the current existing system. They realized that it was the existing system, which is unsustainable, that is utopian rather than the alternative future that they were willing to die for. They were not dreamers! They were realistic! Like the 1968 French student rebellion, they demanded the impossible!
Those activists taught us how to expand, how to imagine the world with compassion, a sense of mission and commitment, freely, creatively and scientifically. None of our goals end when our personal ambitions shatter. There is a bigger picture to this accord and even to the so-called student power that made it possible.
“We will defend UP, our sanctuary, as much as it has defended us.” – Lumad student
“I must express our grave concern over this abrogation, as it is totally unnecessary and unwarranted, and may result in worsening rather than improving relations between our institutions, and detract from our common desire for peace, justice, and freedom in our society.” – UP President Danilo L. Concepcion
The role of public intellectuals in transforming society: postscripts from Roland Simbulan’s ‘A Liberating Education for Filipinos’
Citing UP as the country’s premier university, Simbulan notes the praxis of theory and practice as a critical element. After all, UP’s symbol, the oblation signifies offering oneself for the people.
The UP community called on UP President Concepcion to institutionalize the honoring of Martial Law victims and martyrs in the university, create more spaces for their historical role in overthrowing the Marcos regime, and providing courses for in-depth discussion of the Martial Law atrocities.
“We’re just being retooled to become cheap labor.”
The move to reduce GE courses down to 21 units or even just the idea of shaping our GE after the requisites of ASEAN, K-12– entities that facilitate the tyranny of the free market despite its crisis is a challenge to critical thinking and a symptom of its erosion.
Thousands of students, faculty members and staff of the Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College and University of the Philippines Diliman converge at Katipunan Avenue early evening of Nov. 18 to condemn the clandestine and hasty burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The controversial ‘no late payment policy’ has not yet been rescinded by the administration of the University of the Philippines despite the criticisms the policy generated after the suicide of student Kristel Tejada last year.
Since the tuition in UP increased by 300 percent in 2007, the number of students applying for student loans have also dramatically increased. Recent data from the Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS) showed that 5,391 students applied for loans in UP Diliman alone during the second semester of school year 2013-2014.
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