JANUARY 24, 2012
Youth stage opening protest action against price hikes
Chinese paper dragon marched against “bad luck”
Youth from all over Metro Manila started the year with a protest action today, January 24, against the recurring Tuition and Other Fee Increases (TOFI), oil price hikes and price hikes in other basic needs and services.
The students staged a Chinese New Year-themed program with a “paper dragon” to “drive away” price hikes and flawed economic policies of the regime. The protesters converged in front of University of Sto. Tomas at 11 A.M.
“The new year welcomed us with early oil price hikes, and of bad news such as the implementation of K+12 and the closure of several college courses. We can expect no improvements from the government, on any aspect, this year,” said Vencer Crisostomo, ANAKBAYAN National Chairperson. “The recent demolition in Brgy. Corazon De Jesus, San Juan, is a strong proof that the government is too incompetent to address poverty, even at the very least effort,” Crisostomo added.
“It is much clear to us that the Aquino government shows no intention in solving the prompt economic crisis the Filipinos facing,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, National Deputy General of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP). “The Aquino government could not address the dilemma of ever present poverty at the midst of an unprecedented rise in price level. What the administration did was to silence the people through fascist acts and try to appease their thirst for genuine change by implementing populist-posturing policies,” she added.
“Contrary to today’s popular notions, the Philippine economy depreciates steadfast only until the government act upon reforms which will render genuine economic change,” said Gemma Canalig, National Spokesperson of the League of Filipino Students. “These reforms,” Canalig continued, “are policies which will truly cater the people’s needs and their basic necessities for living, not for the multinational corporations.”
Isabel Baguisi, National Secretary General of National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), explained, “As economic patterns describe it, tuition fees will be no exception for a hike. The price hikes only motivates school administrators to raise tuition as it would be easily be justified to the masses. It is imperative for us to educate and show the real and bigger picture of the rotting system.” ###
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