Monday, December 20, 2004

Students Employed as Military Inteligence!

UPDATE: According to the Bulatlat reports, a Filipino student admitted he received P2,000 (US$35.71) a month to spy on activists and work with the university administration to prevent militant from winning the student council election.

Another case in University of Philippines -Cebu College, pictures of student council officers and editor of Tug-ani, the UP Cebu student publication, were shown. The military alleged the student leaders are communists and terrorist.

In August, students from the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) called for the eviction of American troops billeted at the university hostel. The hostel is located right in front of the USM Annex Elementary School.

Military detachments were also set up inside the campuses of Central Mindanao University (CMU) and Mindanao State University-Marawi campus.

Please read the full report from RONALYN OLEA.

The ASA member in Philippines, National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) held their 2nd National Students Convention on December 7. All of the complains were delivered by the different university delegates.

The Philippines government already ruined the university autonomy and academic freedom. The Macapagal Gloria Arroyo (MGA) government already transformed the university to the military garrisons.

With the pretext of anti insurgency, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has victimized the students from different colleges and universities. To assert the rights of education and democratic, the students are labeling as the communists and terrorists.

This is another implication of the War on Terror. We will never have the justice and peace with this war on terror. What we face is more terror and violence by the state. We, in the ASA will remain the solidarity to the steadfast campaign of the Philippines student and the people.