REPRESSION ON STUDENT’S RIGHT TO MOBILIZE by Tayang Maglinao (NewStorm)

Any individual is entitled of his or her right to actively participate in assemblies, and address their grievances. This would include also the right of a student to actively participate in political organizations, student unions and movements as the Philippine Constitution ensure these rights. In this sense, the mobilization organized by students in Mindanao State University (MSU) Main Campus with regards to the student’s budget is a legitimate act, and a legitimate issue to act for.

It is the right of the students to ask for transparency. Any act either from the University administration, government institutions or other groups to suppress this right of the students in any form like censorships in student publication, and student assemblies and mobilizations is violating the Philippine Constitution-a deliberate non-recognition of a democratic right in a Democratic Country!

Further, harassment on student leaders is a criminal act! Threats and the use of force are ultimately the act of terrorizing student movements! Threatening the student activist is a cowardly act! This would only show how violent the structure is-thus a negative example for the younger generations. This is enough justification for the youth to INTENSIFY MORE ITS RANK TO RAGE AGAINST THESE SUPRESSIONS!

Moreover, it is important that the whole studentry of the Mindanao State University (MSU) main campus must realize that any demands for change and transparency could not possibly be materialized if we will continuously LIVE BEHIND THE SHADOWS OF FEAR. We must therefore act collectively on the issue, BECAUSE OUR RIGHTS AS STUDENTS ARE NON NEGOTIABLE!

The younger generation is the hope of this world. The history of youth movement in the Philippines will not just be a piece of paper on history books. We will continuously rekindle the essence of being youth, of being student and of being the makers of our own History! And this History will live on. As long as there is the suppression of the very right of the students, and the violent responses of reactionaries-we will exist. The society will bear fruit young generations, and Universities will bear fruit of student movements.

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Author: kadree

An EcoSocialist Marxist-Leninist with Che Guevara inked. A Freelance Activist and Writer.

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