Friday, April 2, 2010

Roxas should take GMRC lessons -CEGP

Roxas should take GMRC lessons -CEGP

03 April 2010

Vijae Alquisola, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) national president, denounced the claim of the camp of vice president candidate Manuel Roxas III that it (the camp) alone was able to impose a tuition fee increase moratorium on the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).

“When we were protesting the tuition and other fee increases, where was he? When we camped out at the Manila Police District in support of the five student leaders wrongfully detained, where was he? The students have not seen hair nor hide of this Roxas.”

In a press release posted in the Senate website, the moratorium was credited to the representative of Roxas, who made a motion rejecting the increase. The release also described the March 24 protest action, described by media reports as the deciding factor in imposing the moratorium, as “unruly.”

“Before that day, we have exhausted every possible avenue without resorting to violence, but our pleas fell on deaf ears. They used fire extinguishers, which could have suffocated and killed us. Some of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) even physically manhandled us, punching some of the students. Now they tell us that we are violent, brash, that we are hooligans. We are peace-loving citizens, who desire to exercise our right to quality state-subsidized education, as provided for under the 1987 Philippine Constitution. We are far from unruly.”

“We should not be the recipients of the lessons on good manners and right conduct CHEd Chairman Emmanuel Angeles keeps on harping about. Given this development, Roxas should be made to take such a lesson. Does he not know that claiming something not his own is not only impolite but unethical as well?,” Alquisola added.

“This victory belongs to the students who continue to struggle for their rights. This victory proved that only through collective action can we achieve our goals. Rest assured that we will continue to fight, not just our rights, but the rights of the Filipino people, as befits the hope of the nation.”