Students to submit Pres. Aquino “to-do” list

Antipolo City, July 22, 2010—Students from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City had created their “what-to-do” list to be submitted to Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III in order to guide him in resolving the problems of the youth sector.

In a statement, UPD University Student Council councilor Dan Neil Ramos said that their two primary demands to Aquino is to allocate a larger chunk of the national budget to education and to give halt to the soaring tuition and other fees in both private and public educational institutions.

Ramos said that Aquino must reverse the decision of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration to allow the UP Education System to increase its tuition and other fees, up to 300 per cent.

UP students also want Aquino to review the P3-billion (US$64.543 million or €50.182 million) cut on the budget allocated for the maintenance of public higher educational institutions in the country.

“Ensuring the access of the marginalized youth to education should be one of the major priorities of Pres. Aquino,” Ramos said.

Meanwhile, UP students also demand for the prosecution of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other public officials allegedly involved in graft and corruption.

In addition to the former administration’s alleged corrupt practices, Mrs. Arroyo too, must be held accountable to the numerous human rights violations, including the enforced disappearance of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan, since 2006; and the latest is the alleged illegal arrest and detention of former UP-College of Mass Communications chairperson, turned health volunteer, Jacqueline Gonzales. Gonzales is one of the 43 health workers arrested in Morong, Rizal due to illegal possession of firearms and rebellion.

On July 26, says UPD-USC chair Rainier Sindaven, expect UP students to join the multitude of protesters marching on the streets of Batasan, on the event of Aquino’s first State of the Nation Address.

“We will join the other sectors on pressing Aquino to institute substantive social and economic reforms in the country,” he said. (also published in CBCPNews.com)

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