UST cancels senatoriables’ debate on health; students’ alliance cries ‘foul’

10 01 2013

January 10, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact Person:

 HEART DINO – 09179329101

ARGEE GONZALES – 09178460671

 

UST cancels senatoriables’ debate on health; students’ alliance cries ‘foul’

The administration of the University of Santo Tomas cancelled the senatorial forum organized by its own student council for fear of discussion on the reproductive health law.

The forum dubbed as #YouthVote2013 was set to be held tomorrow at the Pontifical University’s College of Medicine Auditorium but due to the topic on health, was cancelled by the Office of the Secretary-General.

The forum panelists included Risa Hontiveros, Richard “Dick” Gordon, Grace Poe, Teddy Casino and Ang Kapatiran’s Lito David.

Argee Gonzales, the vice president of UST’s Central Student Council, clarifies that the senatorial forum was on young people’s health, as part of the youth agenda series that the organization is campaigning in schools.

Heart Dino, NCR Chairperson of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, one of the organizers of the event, cries ‘foul’ over the ‘blatant disregard of students’ academic freedom’ by the Dominican university. The Dominican order, under the Catholic church hierarchy.

“We have always been clear that the forum is on young people’s health in its entirety, and not on reproductive health alone”, says Gonzales. “In other universities, we are doing rounds on education, employment and other young people’s issues”, he adds.

“We feel that this is a loss for the Thomasians, being deprived of their opportunity to discern the 2013 senatorial candidates”, quips Gonzales. “The inclusion of RH champion Risa Hontiveros is balanced by the anti-RH Ang Kapatiran”.

Who’s afraid of Risa Hontiveros?

Gonzales asserted that the said senatorial forum has undergone UST’s bureaucratic purposes and have been approved by the office of student affairs.

Dino further alleges that communication from Ang Pro-life Partylist to UST administration was done after the confirmation of Hontiveros as one of the panelists.

Senatorial forum to proceed in San Beda College- Alabang

The organizers are set to continue the senatorial forum set on January 29 at San Beda College-Alabang on young people’s employment.

Dino says that they will not pursue any legal case against the UST administration but will further push for the passage of the Students’ Rights and Welfare Bill in order to protect students’ academic freedom.





People’s triumph!

17 12 2012

With the vote of 13 senators and 133 representatives, the Reproductive Health Bill has just passed third reading at both chambers of Congress. After more than a decade, the RH bill is now at its closest to becoming a law.As an alliance of progressive student councils and student political parties, the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines [The Alliance] is united with the country in celebrating this historic vote.

 

We celebrate:

 

…the triumph of women over dogmatic religous opinion. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has been measured and found wanting in their opposition to the bill that has come its time. With at least 15 mothers dying every day due to maternal complications, the women proved more powerful in asserting their right to reproductive health services in order to stop this vicious cycle.

 

…freedom from religion. The 15th Congress’ legacy would be its respect not only to people of various faiths but also those not belonging to any sect. By passing the RH bill, this Congress listened to the highest calling due their position: public service.

 

…informed choice. With cases of HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy on the rise in the country, the youth and Filipinos in general will be equipped with correct information for them to make their decisions, whatever their moral code is.

 

…the advocates, Catholics and non-Catholics. Without the pressure of the people, the bill may never have seen the light of day. We claim with pride that we marched with women like Risa Hontiveros of Akbayan, Junice Melgar of Likhaan and Dr. Sylvia Claudio of the University of the Philippines among others. We broke bread with progressive organizations such as The Forum, RHAN and the Filipino Freethinkers and the Catholic student councils of Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University-Manila and The Letran Student Council – Manila.

 

…people’s true champions. At the Philippine Senate, we congratulate Senators Pia Cayetano and Miriam Defensor-Santiago who have endured misogynistic remarks from their fellow Senators. We also take pride in having Representatives Edcel Lagman, Kimi Cojuangco, Walden Bello, Kaka Bag-ao and numerous others as being steadfast in their fight for the rights of this generation and the next.

 

The debates that have transpired around the Reproductive Health Bill have transcended beyond the issue of health. The bill has undergone a painful birthing process, inside and outside the halls of Congress. As we look forward to the holidays traditionally celebrated with love and family, The Alliance reaffirms its value for human rights, for freedom and for social justice.





GIVING THE LEFT A BAD NAME:

16 10 2012

Student councils and student political parties condemn ANAKBAYAN hooliganism

The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines [SCAP] condemns in the strongest terms the act of hooliganism by ANAKBAYAN in sowing discord and violence by storming the press conference of AKBAYAN Citizens’ Action Party this morning in Manila.

ANAKBAYAN and its allies within the umbrella of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which includes Bayan Muna and Kabataan Party Lists, have always tagged AKBAYAN as counter-revolutionaries for employing the electoral and reformist strategy in changing Philippine society.

SCAP, the largest student council and student political party formation in the country, upholds the value of democracy and non-violence. ANAKBAYAN claiming itself to be left is a disservice to the left movement as it has not progressed from the usual propaganda and empty rhetoric.

AKBAYAN as a partylist has consistently championed the welfare of the marginalized and the underrepresented, as shown through its legislative track record: CARPER, Cheaper Medicines Act, and Workers’ Right to Self-Organization Act, among others. On the other hand, ANAKBAYAN’s partners in Congress, with their numerous front partylists, are found wanting.

SCAP also condemns the leadership of ANAKBAYAN, represented by Vencer Crisostomo, for maliciously encouraging acts of hooliganism. “Yung pupunta ng Max Orosa bukas at gagawa ng winner eksena vs Akbayan ililibre ko”, Crisostomo posted in his Facebook account yesterday.

SCAP encourages young people all over the country to be critical of the debate within the left and to sift through the propaganda and empty rhetoric that is exemplified at best by ANAKBAYAN.





New Blood, New Senate

2 10 2012

by Jana Cabuhat

I believe we need new faces in the senate – new blood to bring new and progressive politics to our government.

Filipinos have seen time and time again the same faces in the halls of congress. These faces have been there for decades. Some have even been part of the Marcos administration and until today maintain political and economic power. These are faces that reflect the abusive political clout of the Philippines’ numerous dynasties and thus our country’s narrative of fragmented democratization. Our politicians in government are political jugglers that reenact the same moro-moro every election. It is time we say “enough!”

Albert Einstein said that “[t]he problems we face will not be solved by the minds that created them”. We need new people from the progressive sectors of society, from the youth, from the marginalized, from those whose voices convey real reforms and innovations through an inclusive process of governance, but have been continually pushed to the fringes of the political arena. These new and progressive politicians are at the best position to introduce changes in government as they have resisted the existing political arrangements which promote traditional politics in the country.

This coming 2013 elections, may the Filipinos support those who espouse the ‘tsinelas’ leadership, and not be swayed by the circus of the old trapos. ###

JANA CABUHAT is the National Chairperson of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines and the Chairperson of the University Student Government of the De La Salle University – Manila.





Usapang Sekswalidad with Boy Abunda

28 08 2012

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are inviting you to

Usapang Sekswalidad:

the RH Bill, Catholic Schools and Academic Freedom

with guest moderator Mr. Boy Abunda.

RH Bill, Catholic Schools and Academic Freedom
(image courtesy of http://www.abs-cbnglobal.com)

Panelists include:

JANA CABUHAT

President, De La Salle University-Manila University Student Government

BARRY CODERA

President, The Letran Student Council, Colegio de San Juan de Letran

MOSES ALBIENTO

Chairperson for External Affairs, Ateneo de Manila University Student Council

PROF. XIAO CHUA

Department of History, DLSU-Manila

August 30, 2012 (Thursday) | 1:00 PM|  Bulwagang Bonifacio, Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila

Contact: 09064246962.

In partnership with KILOS-PUP and The Forum for Family Planning and Development.





Media and Netizens’ Invite: Usapang Sekswalidad with Boy Abunda

28 08 2012

Dear friends from the media and online community,

RH Bill, Catholic Schools and Academic Freedom
(image courtesy of http://www.abs-cbnglobal.com)

We are inviting you to

Usapang Sekswalidad:

the RH Bill, Catholic Schools and Academic Freedom

with guest moderator Mr. Boy Abunda.

Panelists include:

JANA CABUHAT

President, De La Salle University-Manila University Student Government

BARRY CODERA

President, The Letran Student Council, Colegio de San Juan de Letran

MOSES ALBIENTO

Chairperson for External Affairs, Ateneo de Manila University Student Council

PROF. XIAO CHUA

Department of History, DLSU-Manila

August 30, 2012 (Thursday) | 1:00 PM|  Bulwagang Bonifacio, Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila

Contact: 09064246962.





MESSAGE OF GREETINGS AND SOLIDARITY TO THE 8TH CONGRESS OF SCAP, FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL* OF AKBAYAN YOUTH

3 06 2012

If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine*… To the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, comrades of Akbayan Youth, pagbati at pagpupugay!

Pagbati para sa inyong matagumpay na pagbubukas ng ika-walong kongreso ng pinakamalaki, at mas yumabong na pambansang kilusang-alyansa ng mga konseho at partidong pang-mag-aaral mula sa iba’t-ibang kolehiyo at pamantasan sa buong bansa. Pagpupugay para inyong pagiging – “The Alliance”, na ayon nga sa inyo ay – “all over the country to change it!”

Masaya ako at naging bahagi ako ng pagtitipong ito. Hindi lang dahil sa masasaksihan ko ng personal ang inyong pagtitipon, kundi dahil sa tatlong bagay:

Una, batid kong mas dumami ang delegasyon at kasapian ng SCAP mula sa pamumuno nila kasamang Gibby Gorres at kasamang Gio Tingson;

Pangalawa, indikasyon ang kongresong ito na hindi natutulog ang kilusang pang-mag-aaral;

At pangatlo, batid kong ang Akbayan Youth ay may kakapit-bisig na mga lider-estudyanteng hindi lang handang mag-aral para abutin ang pansariling pangarap, kundi handa ding maglingkod at lumaban para sa bayan, handang tumaya at ibigay ang buong kagalingan at kaisipan para sa isang mataas na pangarap para sa lahat – ang paglikha ng isang makatarungan, makatao at mabuting lipunan. Isang lipunang nagbibigay ng pantay na oportunidad para sa lahat. Isang lipunang nagbibigay ng maraming option sa mga tao, sino ka man o saan ka man galing, upang mamuhay at makipamuhay ng desente at may dignidad.

I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes with you , mula sa Pedagogy of the Oppressed ni Paulo Freire: “The more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet people or to enter into a dialogue with them. This person doesn’t consider herself or himself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but she or he does commit herself or himself, within history, to fight at their side.”

Mga kasama, ang inyong ika-8 kongreso ay isang simbolikong okasyon at pulitikal na pagtitipon at proseso, upang inyong kolektibang pandayin ang talas ng ating mga progresibong ideya at kaalaman at isulong ang progresibong agenda ng ating henerasyon, para sa pagpapatuloy ng radikalismong ito. Para sa patuloy na pagkokomit ng ating mga sarili sa paglikha ng kasaysayang ito – ang makipaglaban at manindigan para sa mga taong dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito, kung bakit may SCAP. Ang mga taong tinutukoy ko ay ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan na araw-araw nating nakikita sa kalye at natutulog sa gilid ng lansangan, mga taong dini-demolish at walang disenteng tirahan, mga taong ninanakawan ng lupa, mga nagugutom dahil sinabi ng sistema na wala silang choice kundi ang magutom, mga kababaihang hindi tinatrato ng patas at sinasagkaan ang kanilang paglago, mga manggagawang hindi nabibigyan ng pagkakataong mas paunlarin pa ang kanilang kakayahan sapagkat pilit silang itinatali sa hindi tamang sistema sa loob ng mga pagawaan, mga taong araw-araw ay nag-aalmusal at maghahapunan ng diskriminasyon na ang gusto lang naman ay magmahal ng malaya, at marami pa. Ito ang mga taong nangangarap na makaalpas mula sa mapang-abusong sistemang mayroon tayo ngayon, ngunit hindi nila magawa, sapagkat hindi sapat na sila lang ang lumalaban. Ang mga katulad ninyong mga nakakapag-aral ay kailangan ng mga taong ito – hindi lang upang tumulong, kundi upang makibahagi tayo sa kanila, at lumaban tayo para sa kanila at sa magandang kinabukasan ng lahat.

We must struggle everyday so that this love for humanity becomes a reality*.

And let us be realistic comrades, demand the impossible!* Let us give all our best inside and outside our universities so we can demand the impossible.

With an analysis that our problem is systemic and that such bankrupt status quo created this multiple crisis of poverty and hopelessness, we sealed our commitment to build a better future.

Let us continue organizing the critical mass of student leaders, with values as our foundations, with a vision yet at the same time relevant and also viable with our reform agenda – knowing that we are not only criticizing the status quo, but working to put forward our alternatives.

Comrades, we cannot let another generation of uneducated, unemployed, marginalized poor young Filipinos to say no!

Ang ating misyon ay nananatiling relevant. Reclaiming our politics and building a just and humane society is our ceaseless and enduring task.

Sa naabot nang paglalakbay ng Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, kasama ng Akbayan Youth at ng partidong Akbayan, at ng madami pang mga masang organisasyon mula sa ating hanay at mula sa iba’t-ibang sektor at grupo ng lipunan, sa pagpapatuloy ng paglalakbay nating ito, at sa mga aabutin pa nating tagumpay, maganda ang ating laban, maganda ang ating bukas!

Malugod ko muling binabati ang “The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines”! Magandang gabi sa inyong lahat!###

 

**Mensahe ng Pagpupugay at Pakikiisa mula sa Pangkalahatang Kalihim ng Akbayan Youth Cheanne Matriz, para sa ika-8 Kongreso ng Student Council Alliance of the Philippines. 1 June, 2012. Cebu City Hall, Cebu City

*inspired by Che Guevara’s quotes