CEGP denounces intensifying campus repression all over the country
The fascist repression against the Filipino youth inside educational institutions have heightened over the recent weeks.
Instead of letting students excercise their basic rights, repressive measures are inflicted to them. These calibrated attacks against the Filipino youth by various state machineries aim to neutralize the students who are critical of the anti-people policies of the current fascist regime.
Last August 7, 12 Senior High School students from Bulacan State University (BulSu) were slapped with a 2-day suspension after joining a protest in line with the #FirstDayFight opening of classes mobilization calling for higher state subsidy in education. They condemned the various maneuvers on the Free Education Law and stood in solidarity with workers of NutriAsia as well as other oppressed sectors.
In Northern Luzon, students were forced to sign a Data Privacy Protection Notice by the University of Northern Philippines admin. According to the University, personal information will be collected for “internal record keeping” and may be disclosed to third parties including state authorities.
“Instead of taking part in the state’s looming dictatorship, universities all over the country must unite with the students to resist madman Duterte’s de facto dictatorship. These university administrators should be at the forefront of upholding civil liberties and take action against any violations of democratic rights,” said Jose Mari Callueng, National President of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.
Amidst these attacks the College Editors Guild of the Philippines shall uphold its patriotic and democratic orientation. The brutal assault of the state and its coercive machineries against the democratic rights of the Filipino youth and people will only fuel their aspiration to advance people’s rights and welfare; and to unite and combat state-perpetuated violence as well all forms of repression that target their democratic rights.
We call on the Filipino youth to hold bigger and bolder protests against campus repression, the implementation of various maneuvers on free education, its continuing commercialization, and the anti-student, anti-people US-Duterte regime. Now more than ever, the Filipino youth must not cower and fight all forms of fascist attacks perpetrated by the state and its machineries.