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STRIKE!

There shall be no classes on September 20. Once more, UP students shall walk out of their classes and join other universitiesinashowofstrength against an administration that condones corruption while abandoning even the most basic of social services like public higher education. Staying safe within the comforts of our classrooms is no longer the viable option. We may no longer remain silent and untroubled when the national university is besieged by an impending P1.43 billion budget cut, and when 78 other state universities and colleges face the same fate. As we march towards Mendiola this Friday, we join the nation in outrage at the Aquino administration’s shamelessness in delaying justice to the people whose rights and welfare are undermined by this government’s perverted logic—there are unlimited funds at the discretion of corrupt officials who remain free, while public institutions suffer from lack of resources to sustain their very existence. Before the spate of massive people’s protests across the nation, President Benigno Aquino III—who presumes

the nation, President Benigno Aquino III—who presumes to be an advocate against corruption—had only allotted an

to be an advocate against corruption—had only allotted an even higher Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) than his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whom he highly criticized for corruption.

Until now, Aquino refuses to decisively abolish the PDAF and other pork barrel funds amid the nationwide call against PDAF. In fact, P1.3 trillion worth of funds in the proposed 2014 National Budget remain under Aquino’s discretion. Instead of prioritizing social services especially education, Aquino’s administration only further adds to the burden of the youth. Within the borders of our campuses, the government’s neglect manifests itself in the high cost and inaccessibility of education, marking the highest number of loan applicants this year—even as the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program claims to ensure each UP student pays tuition according to his economic capacity. Further neglect for proper funding for UP is evident in the commercialization of UP lands, most recent of which is the UP Town Center. The inadequate funding for UP which needs a budget of P17.1 billion—a far cry from the P8.1 billion 2014 budget for UP—also shows in the declining performance of UP in the recent world ranking of universities. The Aquino administration could counter these protests

with the proposed P2.2 billion increase for the education budget for 2014. However, this nominal increase serves only as a farce smokescreen for the government to show that it does not abandon its duty towards the education sector. This increase is clearly not enough to benefit all SUCs, 79 of which are to experience budget cuts including UP. With the ongoing anti- student policies, the youth and student sector shall utterly reject the option of apathy and docility. We have already shown the government what it must fear from those it attempts to fool. Just last week, the UP community marched towards Katipunan to join neighboring schools Miriam College and Ateneo de Manila University in a noise barrage that boasted of almost 2,000 protesters who braved the rains. This Friday, we shall once again heed the call to strike— to hold answerable a corrupt regime which thrives on oppression and deception, to take to the streets where our collective voice shall be stronger in our united and just cause.

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The Philippine Collegian republishes distinguished photographs from its past issues that captured its tradition of critical and fearless journalism.

captured its tradition of critical and fearless journalism. UP students and professors marched along the academic

UP students and professors marched along the academic oval to condemn the P1.39 billion budget cut on September 21, 2010. Three years hence, the UP community will once again walk out of the classrooms and go on strike against corruption and the Aquino administration’s neglect of basic social services such as education.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY Photo by Ma. Macrose Pascual September 24, 2010

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UP community: Rechannel pork funds to social services

Franz Christian D. Irorita

MEMBERS OF THE UP COMMUNITY have called for the abolition of the pork barrel and the rechanneling of the funds to basic social services during the UP Diliman (UPD) Student Summit at the UP Film Center on September 11. The student summit served as a springboard to a series of protests which will culminate to a march to Mendiola on September 20. More than 500 students, faculty and officials of the university, including UPD Chancellor Caesar Saloma and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Ma. Corazon Tan, attended the summit. UP students have the responsibility to ensure that the country’s taxes are used to provide basic social services to people, said Tan in her opening remarks. “We call on all of us to join forces in the demand to abolish the presidential and congressional pork barrel system now, and to allocate greater funds to basic social services.” The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly known as pork barrel, is a lump-sum, discretionary allocation for the country’s lawmakers. The pork barrel system, however, extends to the unprogrammed funds under the president’s discretion such as the Special Purpose Funds.

The discretionary nature of the funds makes it vulnerable to corruption as in the case of the P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly orchestrated by lawmakers and Janet Lim-Napoles, said University Student Council (USC) Councilor Neefa Macapado. The pork barrel funds could have been used for basic social services including education, added Macapado. For 2014, the Aquino administration proposed a higher allocation for the PDAF at P25.2 billion. Meanwhile, the Department of Budget and Management proposed cuts in the budget of 79 state universities and colleges (SUCs). UP alone could suffer a P1.4 billion cut from its budget. The government’s refusal to provide full state subsidy forces UP to impose high tuition fees to its students making it inaccessible, said Macapado. Also, a lower budget allocation for UP could force the university administration to implement cost-cutting measures that lower the working benefits for UP employees, said ALL UP Worker’s Union chairperson Felix Pariñas. Yet, the budget cuts to education affects not only UP, said USC Councilor Erra Mae Zabat. “Usapin na rin ito ng milyon-milyong kabataan sa labas na pinangakuan ng maayos na edukasyon, ngunit patuloy na ‘di nakatatanggap nito,”

DOJ ruling ‘another injustice’ to Burgos case

Johnwyn Ace Fornal

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS HAVE denounced the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) resolution acquitting six former high ranking military officials from the abduction of activist Jonas Burgos. In a September 13 protest, human rights groups Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights and Families of Desaparecidos for Justice criticized the DOJ ruling as “another injustice” to Burgos, the son of press freedom icon Joe Burgos. Burgos was abducted by eight military officials at the Ever Gotesco Mall in Quezon City on April 28, 2007. Six years hence, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has yet to surface Burgos. According to Burgos’s mother, Edita Burgos, the suspects behind the enforced disappearance of his son are Lt. Col. Melquiades Feliciano, Brig. Gen. Eduardo Año, Lt. Gen. Romeo Tolentino, Lt. Gen Alexander Yano and former AFP Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon and former Philippine National Police chief Avelino Razon. In a September 3 resolution, however, the DOJ absolved Feliciano, Año, Tolentino, Yano, Esperon and Razon from charges of arbitrary detention, obstruction of justice and murder for lack of evidence. Meanwhile, the murder charges against the military officials were dropped because the death of Burgos cannot be ascertained. The DOJ only recommended the filing of charges against army major Harry Baliaga Jr., who was then a 56th Infantry Battalion officer. A witness positively identified Baliaga as one of military officials who accosted Burgos in the Quezon City mall. “I think the whole resolution of

the [DOJ] on the [Burgos] case was bastardized in the sense [that] there is strong evidence presented in court since Jonas was abducted, that links the top honchos but the DOJ simply disregarded that,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay. In 2007, a security guard of the Quezon City mall where Burgos was abducted gave a statement to the police that he saw four men drag and shove Burgos into a Toyota Revo with the plate number TAB-194. The plate number was later traced to a vehicle impounded by the 56th Infantry Battalion. An investigation by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in 2011 implicated the military in the abduction of Burgos. “The enforced disappearance of [Burgos] had transpired and that his constitutional rights to life, liberty and security were violated by the government,” read the commission’s report. The Supreme Court subsequently upheld the findings of the CHR when it ordered the military to “produce [Burgos] and show cause why he should not be released from detention.” "Nakakagalit na sa kabila ng mga ebidensiya at testimonya na inihapag ng pamilya Burgos ay hindi pa rin mapanagot ang mga may sala sa pagkawala ni Jonas. Saan pa kami lalapit at magrereklamo para makakuha ng hustisya kung ganito ang nangyayari?” said Desaparecidos Secretary General Lorena Santos. Burgos’ case is only one of the 206 cases of enforced disappearances during the nine-year regime of Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo, according to Karapatan. Despite the signing of the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012, 17 new cases have since been reported under the presidency of Benigno Aquino III.

she said. Budget cuts for social services are unacceptable, especially since the people’s money are pocketed by abusers through the pork barrel system, said Tan. On August 23, President Benigno Aquino III already announced his administration’s a plan to supposedly abolish the PDAF. At the same time,

however, Aquino announced a new scheme in distributing the pork barrel funds to lawmakers. From the UP Film Center, students, faculty and administrators who attended the summit then took their calls to Katipunan Avenue. The UP community joined other students from Miriam College and Ateneo de Manila University in

a“tripartite alliance” to push for the genuine abolition of the pork barrel system. “We support the call for greater re- channeling of public funds to basic social services, particularly education and health care, so that public investments promote inclusive growth and long-term human and social development,” read a joint statement of the presidents of the three universities.

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UNITED FRONT

Photo by Angerica Hainto

The UP Community marches with neighbors Miriam College and Ateneo De Manila University along Katipunan Avenue on September 11. The three schools signed a statement of unity demanding the abolishment of the controversial pork barrel fund.

Land reform advocates nabbed in Hacienda Luisita

Jul Mar Esteban

THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE (PNP) have detained 11 land reform advocates, who were conducting a fact-finding mission at the Hacienda Luisita in Barangay Balete, Tarlac on September 17. The lone representative of Anakpawis Party-list, Fernando Hicap, was arrested along with his staff Karl Mae San Juan, driver Rene Blasan, Sister Patricia Fox of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines and a staff of human rights group Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights on grounds of malicious mischief, illegal assembly, direct assault and trespassing. The police also held members of peasant groups: Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Secretary General Antonio Flores, Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) Chairperson Florida Sibayan, Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) staff Kerima Acosta and Anakpawis leader Danilo Ramos. Cultural worker and former Collegian literary editor Ericson Acosta was among those arrested. The military have previously taken Acosta as prisoner in San Jorge, Samar on

February 13, 2011 for illegal possession of explosives. The Department of Justice and Regional Trial Court Branch 41 in Samar, however, dropped the case early this year. "For 24 hours since the peasant advocates were arrested [on September 17], no formal charges, no names of complainants and no hard copies of blotters and complaints were presented to them. This is illegal and arbitrary detention," said Anakpawis Party-list President Rafael Mariano. The arrest came nearly a month after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed the hacienda among farm workers in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2012. The group was conducting a fact- finding mission on allegations of fraud and harassment during the distribution of lands to the hacienda’s farm workers. "The land distribution process of DAR in Hacienda Luisita is a sham. DAR is not implementing land distribution in Luisita as directed by the Supreme Court decision. Everything about DAR's land distribution process in Hacienda Luisita is fake and anti-farmer," said Mariano. From July 18 to August 21, DAR distributed 4,099 of the 6,435 hectares

of the hacienda among the 6,212 farm workers through a lottery. The random distribution of the lands drew flak for undermining the lands, which the farm workers have already cultivated prior to the high court’s decision. The presence of police and military, however, marred the farm workers’ protests against the distribution process, according to AMBALA. Following the issues arising from the distribution process, UMA and AMBALA initiated the conduct of a fact-finding mission in the hacienda previously held by the Cojuancos and Aquinos. The group just came from a dialogue with the military officials on the military camps set up within the hacienda when members of PNP-Tarlac made the arrest. “The illegal arrest and detention show that the Aquino government and the Cojuangco-Aquinos do not hesitate to use force even against the supporters of Luisita’s farm workers. The Cojuangco-Aquino family’s continued exercise of their power over the hacienda is further highlighted,” said Kilusang Mayo Uno Vice Chairperson Lito Ustarez.

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Last batch of STFAP results out

Students may now claim refund, appeal for lower brackets

Arra B. Francia

THE NEXT ENROLMENT PERIOD is barely two months away, but UP Diliman (UPD) students who applied for the university’s socialized tuition program have only started settling their final brackets and tuition paymentforthissemester. About 40 percent, or 1,634 out of the total 4,124 students who applied this semester for the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) had to wait until August 28 for their final bracket assignment. The STFAP categorizes students into brackets based on their capacity to pay for their tuition. Students have to renew their brackets every academic year. The results are

released in batches, usually a month after the deadline of application. This year’s last batch of results, however, were delayed after the Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS) extended the deadline of application until July 3, said OSSSOfficer-in-ChargeAristeoDacanay. During the enrolment period, applicants for the last batch were temporarily assigned to Bracket B to pay P1,000 per unit pending the release of their final bracket assignment. The registration period already ended when the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs released a memorandum allowing students to use their previous bracket for the assessment of their tuition and miscellaneous fees.

A number of students, who were

temporarily assigned to Bracket B, had to apply for tuition loans with a six-percent annual interest, according to the UPD University Student Council (USC). With the release of the last batch of results, students who applied for tuition loans may now apply for a refund at the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) should their final bracket assignment warrant them, according to the OSSS. The processing of refunds, however, may

take two to three weeks. Students must first secure a certification of their final STFAP bracket from the OSSS and submit it to the OUR, along with their Form 5.

In the case of students who availed of

tuition loans, the refund is automatically

who availed of tuition loans, the refund is automatically THE PEOPLE STRIKE BACK Photo by Angerica

THE PEOPLE

STRIKE BACK

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Angerica Hainto

More than 4,000 students and members of other sectors launched another protest action in Luneta on September 13, calling for President Aquino to abolish the pork barrel, including his own presidential discretionary funds.

Ika-15 tagumpay sa UAAP Cheerdance

UP slips in world universities ranking

Hans Christian E. Marin

submitted to the OSSS for the clearance of the loan. The remaining amount and

a 6-percent annual interest must be paid

before student-borrowers are allowed to enrol in the next semester. Renchel, a second year Civil Engineering student, is one of the students who applied for a tuition loan after the OSSS temporarily assigned him to Bracket B. While he may

WITH THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDING only half of the national university’s budgetary requirement, the UP System has dropped anew in the 2013 World University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). UP remains on top of only four Philippine universities included in QS’ list of top 800 universities in the world released on September 10. UP however fell 32 places this year to 380th from 348th in 2012. Meanwhile, UP placed 67th out of 300 universities included in the QS University Rankings for Asia. QS, a London-based education

network, ranked the top 800 universities based on six criteria: 40 percent for academic reputation, 20 percent for faculty-

student ratio, 20 percent for citations per

faculty, 10 percent for employer reputation, 5 percent for international students and 5 percent for international faculty. The lack of research citations and

international faculty contributed to the lower world ranking of the Philippine universities including UP, according to QS. The national university only obtained 2.3 points in the international faculty criterion and 2.5 points in the international students criterion, which are only good for 751st place and 770th, respectively. UP would really rank low on indicators such as international faculty ratio and international student ratio because of

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nothing but a short-term remedy for the financial woes of the Iskolar ng Bayan,” said Eduardo Gabral, National Chair of the Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-

for lower bracket assignment, said Charlotte France, head of the UPD USC Student Rights and Welfare Committee. “The number of appeals for lower brackets shows that many students remain unsatisfied with their bracket and that this socialized tuition scheme is

to deliberate this semester’s batch of appeals

(UCSFA) will not convene until October 16

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

in UP Diliman appealed for lower bracket. The University Committee on

submitted appeals for lower brackets as early as July. In 2011, one in every 10 STFAP applicants

ng ganoon kataas na tuition,” said Renchel. More than 200 students have already

kailangang daanan para lang mapatunayan na hindi kaya ng pamilya namin magbayad

finally settle his tuition loan, Renchel said he still has to appeal for a lower bracket. Rencheloriginallyappliedforfreetuition under Bracket E. In the last batch of STFAP results, however, he was assigned to pay P700 per unit under the Bracket C. “Panibagong documents at process nanaman ang

UP Pep sumungkit ng ikalawang pwesto

Hans Christian E. Marin

MULI NA NAMANG NAGPAKITANG gilas ang UP Pep Squad na nagkamit ng 620.5 puntos para sa ikalawang puwesto matapos magparaya sa National University (NU) Cheer Squadron na itinanghal na kampeon sa iskor na 696.5 sa ginanap na University Athletics Association of the Philippines Cheerdancing Competition (UAAP-CDC) Season 76, ika-15 ng Setyembre sa Mall of Asia Arena. Bigo mang maikasa ang four-peat at maangkin ang ika-siyam na titulo, nangako ang tinaguriang “Pep Squad ng Bayan” na babawiin nila ang tropeo sa susunod na taon. Napahanga naman ang may 20,830 manonood—ang pinakamarami sa kasaysayan ng CDC—sa temang “party” ng UP Pep Squad. “Arabian” naman ang napiling tema ng NU, habang “military” naman ang sa De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad na nakakuha ng ikatlong pwesto sa iskor na 596.5. Nakabibingi ang sigawa’t palakpakan ng mga manonood nang simulan ng UP Pep Squad ang kanilang anim na minutong routine sa pag- indak gamit ang mga disco balls sa saliw ng “Make Luv” ng Room 5. Ipinamalas din nila ang kanilang makapigil- hiningang pyramids, buwis-buhay na stunts, magkakasabay na backflips, at ang inaabangang trademark Oblation stance.

Hindi naman naging hadlang ang tatlong pagkakamali sa stunts at pyramids ng UP Pep Squad upang tuluyan nilang makopo ang ikalawang pwesto, ayon sa kapitan ng koponan na si Lian Melegrito. “Mataas talaga yung difficulty ng stunts namin this year and if we base sa scoring, even with yung tatlong falls, talagang mataas pa rin yung hatak dahil sa difficulty at sa linis rin at technique,” ani Melegrito. “We are very proud of them. They work hard and did their best. Complicated ang mga routines nila kaya hindi maiiwasan ang errors,” ani UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma na nasa mismong venue rin para manood at suportahan ang UP Pep Squad. Pinagbatayan ng mga hurado ang criteria na tig-100 puntos para sa tumbling, stunts, tosses, at pyramids at 400 puntos para sa sayaw. Pumangalawa sa lahat ng criteria ang UP Pep Squad habang nanguna naman sa lahat ang NU Cheer Squadron. Napabilang naman si Aya Casim ng UP Pep Squad sa tatlong nominado bilang Samsung Stunner of the year, habang si Anna de Leon ng DLSU Animo Squad ang pinalad na magawaran nito. Nabigo ring maidepensa ng UP Pep Squad ang kampeonato sa Group Stunts, matapos ring maiuwi ng NU ang unang puwesto ngayong taon. Pumangalawa ang University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe, habang ikatlong puwesto naman ang FarEasternUniversity(FEU)CheeringSquad.

Nakopo ng dating ikalawang pwesto na FEU Cheering Squad ang ikaapat na pwesto sa temang “Tron” habang ikalimang pwesto naman ang dating huling pwesto na Adamson Pep Squad na may temang “Burlesque.”

Ikaanim na pwesto naman ang University of the East Pep Squad na may temang “on fire,” ikapitong pwesto sa temang “Egyptian” ang may walong titulo sa UAAP-CDC na UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe. Nasa huling puwesto ang

Ateneo de Manila Univeristy Blue Babble Battalion na may temang “sports.” Maliban sa mga medalya at tropeo, nag-uwi ng P200,000 at mga gadyet mula sa Samsung ang UP Pep Squad.

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GRACIOUS FINISH

Photo by Kimberly Pauig

The UP Pep Squad delivers a spotless pyramid finale in its party-inspired performance in the 19th UAAP Cheerdance Competition held at MOA Arena on September 15. Three-year defending champion UP bows down to first-time title holder NU with a final score of 620.5 and 696.5, respectively.

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Sa unang pagtapak pa lamang ni Benigno Aquino III sa Malacañang bilang pangulo, naging malinaw na ang daang nais niyang tahakin para sa mga pamantasan ng bayan. “We are gradually reducing the subsidy to [state universities and colleges] (SUCs) to push them toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent, given their ability to raise their income and to utilize it for their programs and projects,” ani Aquino sa kanyang budget message noong 2011. Sa unang sipat, tila nalihis sa sariling landas ang gobyerno nang maglaan ito ng mas mataas na badyet para sa SUCs ngayong 2013. Mula P25.9 bilyon noong 2012, makakatanggap ng higit 44 porsyentong dagdag ang mga pampublikong pamantasan, o higit sa P37.1 bilyon ngayong taon. Ngunit sa mas masusing pagsusuri, malayo pa rin ito sa may P54 bilyong hinihingi ng mga SUCs taun-taon—alinsunod pa rin samakatuwid sa kumpas ng RPHER, ang balangkas ng administrasyong Aquino sa pagreporma sa tersiyaryong edukasyon sa bansa.

Sa ilalim ng RPHER, inaasahan ang SUCs na magkaroon ng kakayahang kumalap ng sariling kita upang punan ang kalahati ng kanilang mga pangangailangan bago matapos ang 2016. Kaakibat ng repormang ito ang pagpapaigting sa mga income generating projects sa mga pampublikong pamantasan. Isa ang UP sa unang 22 SUCs na magpapatupad ng mga repormang nakasaad sa RPHER. Ngunit bago pa mailatag ang roadmap, ito na rin ang daang tinatahak ng unibersidad. Sa pamumuno ni Emerlinda Roman mula 2005 hanggang 2010, sunud-sunod ang pagpapaupa sa mga lupa ng unibersidad sa mga pribadong kompanya gaya ng Ayala Land, Inc. sa UP Diliman. Wala namang pinag-iba ang palisiya ng kasalukuyang administrasyon sa paglikom ng sariling kita. Sa isang panayam sa isang peryodiko, nagbahagi pa si UP President Alfredo Pascual ng ilang payo sa ibang SUCs sa pagpasok sa income generating projects upang punan ang badyet mula sa pamahalaan. Gayunman, aminado ang administrasyon ng UP na hindi kayang punan ng sarili nitong kita ang malaking bahagi ng pangangailangan ng unibersidad. Maaaring mapunan ng sarili nating kita ang ilang pagkukulang sa badyet na mula sa pamahalaan, ngunit nasasakripisyo ang ibang proyekto gaya ng rehabilitasyon ng mga lumang gusali, ani UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma.

Sa gitna ng patuloy na pagbabawas sa badyet ng UP, muling itinaas ang tuition at iba pang bayarin sa unibersidad noong 2007. Binago rin ang istruktura ng STFAP upang tiyaking magkatumbas ang socio-economic status ng isang estudyante sa halaga ng matrikulang dapat niyang bayaran. Gayunman, lalo lamang bumaba ang bilang ng mga estudyanteng may libreng tuition matapos ipatupad ang mga pagbabago sa STFAP. Mula 52 porsyento, bumaba sa 6 porsyento ng STFAP applicants ang napabilang sa non-paying brackets noong 2007.

Alinsunod sa RPHER, kalahati lamang ang subsidyong ibibigay ng pamahalaan sa mga SUCs. Ibabatay pa ang pamamahagi ng badyet na ito sa mga pampublikong pamantasan sa tinatawag na “normative funding.” Sa ilalim ng iskemang ito, hahatiin ang 110 SUCs sa tatlong pangkat batay sa ilang performance indicators. Makakatanggap ng mas mataas na badyet ang pangkat na may malaking bilang ng mga nagsisipagtapos, nailathalang journals at patents, at propesor na may masteral at doctoral degrees. “The strategy is to concentrate public resources in a few institutions in order to achieve critical mass and create appreciable impact,” ayon sa RPHER.

mass and create appreciable impact,” ayon sa RPHER. Bigwas ng balangkas 5 kumpas ng RPHER sa
mass and create appreciable impact,” ayon sa RPHER. Bigwas ng balangkas 5 kumpas ng RPHER sa

Bigwas ng balangkas

5 kumpas ng RPHER sa pambansang unibersidad

Nanganganib maranasan ng pambansang unibersidad ang pinakamataas na tapyas sa badyet nito sa susunod na taon. Mula P9.6 bilyon nitong 2013, tanging P8.1 bilyon ang nakatakdang matanggap ng unibersidad sa ipinanukalang badyet ng Department of Budget and Management sa 2014. Nang tanungin sa Kamara kung ano ang dahilan ng pagkaltas sa badyet ng UP at 78 pang pampublikong pamantasan, tuwiran ang ang sagot ni Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan: ang Roadmap for Public Higher Education (RPHER). Mariin mang hinaharangan ng mga estudyante, guro at kawani ng UP ang pagpapatupad sa roadmap, na unang inilatag noong 2012, kusa at tuluyan na ngayong tinatahak ng administrasyon ng unibersidad ang mapanganib na landas na inilatag ng RPHER.

Pagpapatupad ng ToFI, STFAP Nakatakda ring ipatupad sa lahat ng SUCs ang isang socialized tuition
Pagpapatupad
ng ToFI, STFAP
Nakatakda ring ipatupad sa
lahat ng SUCs ang isang socialized
tuition scheme na mabisang
paraan upang tustusan ang
kanilang mga gastusin nang hindi
umano nalilimitahan ang access sa
edukasyon ng mga mahihirap.
Nakabatay ang nasabing scheme
sa Socialized Tuition and Financial
Assistance Program (STFAP) ng UP,
na unang ipinatupad noong 1989
kasabay ng pagtaas sa tuition mula
Paligsahan
sa badyet
P40tungongP300kadayunit.
Pagsasala sa
mga kurso

Isa pa sa mga batayan ng CHEd sa pagbibigay ng mas malaking badyet sa SUCs ang pag-aalok ng mga “specialized programs” na naaayon sa “pambansa at panrehiyon na pag-unlad.” Alinsunod ito sa nakatakdang pagsala sa mga kursong inaalok ng SUCs. Sa UP, kabilang sa mga hakbang ng administrasyon upang umayon sa RPHER ang “streamlining” ng mga kursong inaalok sa mga constituent universities nito. Sa kasalukuyan, nasa 200 undergraduate programs at 400 graduate programs ang inaalok sa unibersidad.

‘Internationalization’

ng UP

Bago matapos ang termino ni Aquino, layunin ng RPHER na tatlong SUCs ang mapabilang sa hanay ng mga nangungunang unibersidad sa mundo. Sa kasalukuyan, tanging ang UP ang kabilang sa mga listahan ng nangungunang unibersidad sa mundo. Upang mas lalo pang matugunan ang pandaigdigang kumpetisyon, nakabinbin ngayon sa Board of Regents, ang pinakamataas na tagapagpasyang lupon sa UP, ang panukalang isunod ang academic calendar ng unibersidad sa iba pang bansa sa Timog Silangang Asya. Pahihintulutan ng panukala ang mas mabilis na paggalaw ng human resources sa rehiyon na kinakailangan para sa nalalapit na Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Integration sa 2015, ayon kay Pascual.

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As Antonio Liongson, spokesperson of the Moro-Christian People’s Alliance (MCPA) explains, “Aquino must conduct a
As Antonio Liongson, spokesperson
of the Moro-Christian People’s Alliance
(MCPA) explains, “Aquino must conduct
a comprehensive and genuine peace

while 19 others had been detained, Zabala adds. Zarate, however, warned that “such an approach could only escalate to other parts of Mindanao and inflict more violence to hapless people.” It’s the collateral damage cannot be ignored: amid continued clashes, 53 AFP soldiers and 4 civilians dead, more than 70 wounded, and some 62,000 city residents have been evacuated as of writing.

extinguishing the fire

The war that rages on in Mindanao is deeply rooted in a struggle to regain the historical sovereignty of the Moro nation- states, which had been misgoverned by different regimes. And it is apparent that the government’s militaristic approach is doomed to fail.

policy with the active participation and involvement not only of the MILF but also of other legitimate stakeholder organizations that include the MNLF of Prof. Misuari,” Truly, the answer lies not in divisive and exclusive policies and broken promises, but sincerely hearing the demands of all stakeholders, and implementing the right policies accordingly. Only then can true and lasting peace be achieved. Numbness enveloped the woman as she lifts her child and car papag and stared into the gunpowder-filled air, wondering how

this catastrophe would ever end.

Key actors: First Faction Second Faction Third Faction Misuari Islamic Breakaway Group CommandCouncil • Led
Key actors:
First Faction
Second Faction
Third Faction
Misuari
Islamic
Breakaway Group
CommandCouncil
• Led by Nur
Misuari, the
original MILF
leader
• Led by Habib
Mujahab
“Boghdadi”
Hashim
• Led by former
Cotabato
City Mayor
Muslimin Sema
• Against MILF
• Against MILF
• For MILF
negotiations
negotiations
negotiations

Besieged by fire

In the midst of the Zamboanga crisis

Miriam Miciano

She Stared at her little Son, lying still at her feet before reality sunk in. The mother knelt down and cradled her child’s head, which was bleeding profusely from a stray bullet. She searched his face for any signs of life, but his eyes were shut tight. She wept gently, in chorus with the explosions and sporadic gunshots that can be heard from the outskirts of Zamboanga City. For the past week, government troops and hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) guerillas were locked in a violent standoff. The crisis comes almost a year after the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB)—a “landmark” agreement which until now has yet to deliver the age of peace it has promised to the people of Mindanao.

Catching fire

The Moro people’s struggle for independence began way back during the Spanish and American rule, when they successfully fought Christian and foreign rule. In the 1970s, however, the Homestead policy opened Mindanao to Christian settlers, a majority of whom came from the Visayas. The influx of settlers turned Mindanao into a meeting place of groups with varying cultures and beliefs, who were seldom caught in violent clashes. However, local landlords, businessmen and politicians were soon embroiled in power struggles. In the 1960s, the country saw the peak of the people’s clamor for sovereignty, when 68 Filipino-Muslim military trainees, believed to be part of an upcoming rebellion, were murdered in Corregidor allegedly by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In response, former UP Professor Nur Misuari formed the MNLF, seeking the establishment of a Bangsamoro nation through armed revolution. The government then waged an all- out war against the rebels until the

1970s, due to international pressure to reopen peace negotiations. In 1989, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) conceded with their proposition, and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was born. However, under the leadership of money-hungry politicians, the ARMM remained underdeveloped, and was consistently ranked as the poorest region in the Philippines by the National Statistical Coordinating Board.

Fanning the flames

The establishment of ARMM brought

about a serious rift in MNLF leadership, leading to the formation of a breakaway group in 1977 which was formally established in 1984 as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

MILF

wanted a purely Muslim region in contrast

to MILF’s thrust for a region of Moro

composition, meaning of people born

in Sulu, Mindanao, Palawan and Sabah

regardless of religion.

In 2000, the MILF began battling the

GPH after then President Joseph Estrada abandoned peace negotiations, which were originally agreed upon by the previous

administration. As it drew support for its war, the MILF began to overtake the MNLF in terms of influence, and was later seen by

the government as a bigger threat.

Political analysts deem this to be the reason why President Benigno Aquino

III decided in 2012 to negotiate with the

MILF instead of the MNLF. Explaining that the ARMM was “a failed experiment”, Aquino presented the FAB as an “amended” option, Critics, however, argued that the government rushed the signing of the FAB without studying fully the implications. “How do you sustain a Bangsamoro Framework entity when there are armed groups like MNLF

A

minority

group

then,

the

who might feel sidelined? Let’s just hope the government and MILF will not repeat the mistakes of the government’s 1996 peace pact with the MNLF,” said Prof.

Julkipli Wadi, Dean of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies. Wadi was referring to the Final Peace Agreement of 1996 which was crafted by the GPH and approved by the MNLF, to end the latter’s rebellion. Indeed, MNLF has long been criticizing the government on the said pact: “We really want our freedom back. The government was not really sincere in implementing the peace agreement it signed with us. We want our freedom and we want independence,” said Abdulkadil Imdani, one of Misuari’s supporters. Furthermore, the MNLF opposed the Bangsamoro agreement, claiming that

it

will water down the gains of MNLF’s

own final peace accord. According to

the FAB, the MILF will get 75 percent of the total revenue of Bangsamoro

entity, while the other minority groups, including MNLF, were not

mentioned. Leaving out stakeholders in this

issue has its share of bad consequences. Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate argues that today’s “armed conflict is an off-shoot of a divisive peace policy that excludes other stakeholders in Mindanao, like the forces of Misuari. It should not leave out

a

another group. This is no way of talking peace in Mindanao.” The region’s gross underdevelopment has since been cited as the root cause of the war. Rizal Buendia of the De La Salle University’s Political Science Department explains, “The lack of power-sharing due to the concentration of political powers on the few ruling elite either from the center in Manila or Mindanao’s regional centers has been a constant source of discontentment and frustration for people in the periphery.”

legitimate group just to appease

Illustration : Karl Aquino Page design : Jerome Tagaro
Illustration : Karl Aquino
Page design : Jerome Tagaro

Setting ablaze

Since the founding of ARMM in 1976, the MNLF, has been relatively quiet. That is, until September 9, 2013 when a faction (see sidebar) seized more than 100 hostages in Zamboanga City and raised the flag of the Bangsamoro Republic, a state

which declared its independence earlier in July to denounce the FAB. Similar protests by the MNLF have been largely tolerated by the Aquino regime in the past, but not this latest. Instead, Aquino ordered a siege against the MNLF fighters, in complete disregard of the welfare and safety of the civilian residents in the area. “We are optimistic that our operations are effective and that we are delivering a significant blow to our enemies,” military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala told AFP. As

of press time, government troops have killed 43 rebels

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LATHALAIN PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, SETYEMBRE 20, 2013 7 In soldier. Nanay Blessie shares, “Ang dahilan [ay

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In soldier. Nanay Blessie shares, “Ang dahilan [ay ang] kagustuhan niyang makatulong sa iba, lalo
In
soldier. Nanay Blessie
shares, “Ang dahilan [ay ang]
kagustuhan niyang makatulong
sa iba, lalo ‘dun sa mga nasa
malalayong lugar.” She must
have felt deeply for the poor and
unfortunate, because she knew
where they are coming from. “Kaya
talagang ang sipag niyang mag-aral.
That was her coping mechanism.
Umaasa siyang makakaahon kami sa
kahirapan,” she adds.
That was why they rejoiced when she
passed the UPCAT. “Pakiramdam namin,
nanalo kami sa lotto,” Nanay Blessie
related. At the time, it seemed like the
ticket out of their piteous plight.
to
a
The bitter taste of truth
Epilogue
Andrea Joyce Lucas
Kristel and the STFAP
six months after
The Tejadas warmly welcomed
me to their home, smiling kindly as I
scrambled for pen and paper to jot
down the details of Kristel’s life. Both
To pursue her dream of studying
in UP, Kristel had to appeal for STFAP.
“Napakahaba ng pila, at napakaraming
hinihingi. ‘Yung oras na sana ginagamit
para matugunan ang pangangailangan
ng pamilya, nakokonsumo pa ng
paghahagilap ng requirements,” Tatay
Chris recalls.
In the end, Kristel was assigned to
Bracket D, where she had to pay 300
pesos per unit. Her mother bitterly
of her parents were wearing a shirt
with her picture on it, beside the
words “Education is not a privilege.
It’s a right.”
Sitting down, I was seized with
asked, “Taxi driver na nga ang asawa ko,
pero bakit Bracket D pa rin kami?” Their
appeals to be reassigned to Bracket E2
were refused, because they were unable
to submit supporting documents.
a sudden compunction: need I make
them relive the whole episode again?
As if reading my mind, Nanay Blessie
assured me, “Masaya ako kapag
nagkukwento ako tungkol kay Kristel.
Sa tuwing ginagawa ko ‘yun, para bang
nandito ulit ang anak ko.” And so, they
let me in on their memories: from the
better, early days to the days of grieving,
coping with loss, and seeking justice.
As I listened, it dawned on me that this
story is, in a way, mine too. The path that
drove her to desperation, is not so different
from the road that stretches before today's
struggling Iskolar ng Bayan.
A
I
A glimmer of hope
Kristel was just like any other UP
student, it seems. She loved to sing
and draw, liked to share little nothings
with the people she was close to. Her
parents even laughingly recounted
her obsession with the movie Pitch
Perfect. She would watch it again
and again, they said.
But it seems she has been
through more challenges than
most of us have at the age
of sixteen.
While she was in high
school, Kristel had expressed
her desire to be a doctor and a
Left with no choice, the Tejadas
availed of a loan to cover Kristel’s tuition.
After her death, her parents shared
stories of how she struggled, of how she
would sometimes go to school without
having eaten. There were even times
when she could not go to school at all,
because she had not enough money for
her jeepney fare. But she was determined
to prove that financial problems are
not a hindrance to education. Prof.
Andrea Martinez, her mentor, would
often ask her if she was alright. And
she would always reply with a chipper
“Kakayanin ko ‘to!”
Last March, however, Kristel faced
the reality of the uncertainty of achieving
her dreams, and chose to end her life.
“Hindi ko inakalang aabot sa
ganoon.” The professor shook her
head. Kristel had probably come to the
conclusion that when her life ends, so
would her parents’ problems.
Aftermath
Her passing sparked massive outrage
against the University’s officials.
Former Student Regent Cleve
Arguelles said, “The case of Kristel
Tejada was not a suicide. She was killed
by the system—a system that refuses to
recognize that education is a right, that
Photo : Jiru Rada
Page design : Jerome Tagaro

life is measured in your capacity to pay.”

agreement with Arguelles, Kristel’s

parents argued that the system is not pro-poor. During our interview, Tatay Chris lamented that education, which should have been a right, has become a privilege. He had been so incensed over his daughter’s death that he wrote a letter to President Alfredo Pascual about the injustices of the University Code. President Pascual answered, stating the courses of action that the University is taking to address the issue. In his response, he promised that no student shall be barred from a good education because of financial difficulties. In

addition, he said that students will be able

borrow 100 percent of their tuition fees

and that sections 330, 430 and 431 of the University Code will be revised. The said sections of the code tackle the matriculation policies of UP as a system. Section 330 stipulates that students who have yet to pay for their tuition shall not be admitted to class, while sections 430 and 431 state that

student who fails to settle their dues

may either have his grades withheld or be barred from enrolment. The provisions are admittedly hard to reconcile with the UP charter, which declares that "No student shall be denied admission to the national university by reason solely of age, gender, nationality, religious belief, economic status, ethnicity, physical disability, or political opinion or

affiliation." President Pascual also said that STFAP will be restructured, admitting that he knew the policies are flawed. Tatay Chris and Nanay Blessie shrugged. “I appreciate the sentiment,” Nanay Blessie said. “Pero hanggang pangako pa lang ang lahat ng ‘yon, hindi ko masasabing sapat na ang ginagawa ng administration.” Mariz Zubiri, UP Manila's USC chairperson, also thinks the admin response is inadequate: "They haven't scrapped the no late payment policy yet; they just settled for temporary solutions. However, until the policy is scrapped, there is no guarantee that the university will stay relatively lenient." UP Manila has allowed delayed payments and case-to-case full loan grants, but the proposed revisions to the UP code have yet to materialize. ***

lull came to our conversation.

asked, “Birthday po niya last week,

'di po ba?” Tatay Chris smiled sadly, “September 8. Dumalaw kami noon sa puntod niya." He brightened up as he told me of her friends who had also come to visit, flowers in tow. “Iba kasi talaga 'yung kabaitan ni Kristel." Kristel’s younger sister Krizia, a Grade 8 student, then stepped into view. I asked her, “Gusto mo rin bang mag-aral sa UP?” “Kung makakapasa.” she shyly answered, with a laugh. Tatay Chris then intervened. “Talaga namang prestigious na eskwelahan ang UP.” He hugged Krizia, then turned to me and

muttered: “Kapag nabago na ang sistema.

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11 OPINYON PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, SETYEMBRE 20, 2013 EKSENANG PEYUPS Da Sawi Edishun! HALLOO DER MGA

BIYERNES, SETYEMBRE 20, 2013

EKSENANG PEYUPS
EKSENANG PEYUPS

Da Sawi Edishun!

HALLOO DER MGA VAKLUSSSSH AT VEKILUSSH! Na-miss niyo ba ang nag-iisang echusera ng unibersidad? Alam kong medyo Bitter Ocampo pa kayech sa cheerdance kaya nandito ako, ang nagiisang reyna ng bekilandia, para pasayahin ang madlang pipol. Ready na mga beks, go go go gorabells!

Kwenow No. 1 May na-sight ang yours truly na isang beki na tumabi sa isang macho fafa while riding TOKI. Grabehan ang baklush na itech! Umavail ang impaktita sa natural resources ni Enrique Gil kalokalike. Earthquake ang peg ng jeep when dumaan sa Physics rocky road. Si bekibels binumpcar ang binti ni Koya! Winner Monsod much Di kinaya ng lola niyo nang nag-Janno Gibbs si fafa ng barya kay beks. Talagang ginawang moment for life ni bekilurr sabay haplos sa kamay ni Koya. Kaunting push na lang, bakler! Di knows ni beks na nag- Eiffel Tower ang inside ng kaniyang pants. Lumayo si Koya sabay buba. Sawi si beki! OK lang iyan beks, marami pa namang yum burger sa tabi-tabi. Hanap hanap din pag may time.

Kwenow No. 2 Dahil Petronas Towers na ang taas ng mga bilihin at tuition sa UP, si gurlaloo from the Pirata School of Business ay abangers much sa mga free pakain ng iba’t ibang orgs. Lahat na lang ng pubmat ng org sa fezbuk na may nakalagay na “free” at “pakain” ay nilalike ni ateng! Proud kuripot ang peg! Ganyan talaga pag Gaylight Savings. Mas mataray pa sa budget cut ng UP! OK going back, so akala ni gurl may libreng pakain after ng rally sa Katipunan with the Arneyow pips. Pork daw kasi ang

theme. And she likes pork, as shown

by her figure. Pero na-disappoint ang bruha nang nalaman niya walang free pakain! Stress drilon! Medyo sumakit ang bangs ni ate! Sawi ang kumakalam na tiyan ng gaga! Sabihin mo pala sa iyong bunganga

na magpa-demure.

Kwenow No. 3 Havey na havey ang dalawang beks na kumukungfu fighting at lumalapel sa amphiteather.

Grabehan rin sa paghahabulan at

di kanais-nais na mga words na

lumalabas sa kanilang bungangelsh. Ang rason: ano pa ba kundi ang birdie ng isang fafa. Kaya wala nagawa akech kundi mag UN Peace Corps! Taray. Eto lang naman ang aking bonggang deal: idaan ang World War 3 sa isang beki dance- off. Siyempre go na go ang dalawang baklita. At more dumating pa ang

fafa! Nag-play ang music at gumiling

na ang mga baklush. Lumipas ang 48

years hindi pa ran umaawat ang mga gaga! Siyempre may naisip akech

na plan. Tumugtog ang Crazy in

Love, at rumampa ang mga bekilush ala Beyonce. Gamit ang aking superpowers, ni-flying kick ko ang mga ambisiyosa sa may bangin near MBB. Kabogeraugh! Kawawa ang mga sawing baklita. And for me? Na- manage kong mabingwit si koyang hunk. At least may happy ending. Bongga! Oh ayan mga beks, stop na muna ang iyong lola. Medyo nakaka- Pagoda maging Joker Arroyo. Basta wag nang malungkot. Spread your

legs and prepare to fly, for you have become a bekifly. HAHAHAHAHA.

Oh last ko na yon, mga mars, fly na

ang iyong reyna. Mwah babush.

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UP slips in world rankings

which Filipinos are prioritized, explained UP Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero De Vera. “There is no way that the university could rank well amidst continuous state abandonment through decreasing state subsidy, lack of facilities, and neglect for faculty and student welfare,” said UPM University Student Council Chair Mariz Zubiri. For this year, UP proposed a total of P18.4 billion for the administration of the UP System’s seven constituent units and the Philippine General Hospital.

However, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved only half

of the proposed budget, or P9.5 billion. UP may even suffer its highest budget cut of P1.43 billion next year,

as the DBM only recommended to

the Congress barely half, or P8.1 billion, of the university’s proposed P17-billion budget. “UP should be provided with the means and resources necessary to become one of the truly great universities,” said

UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma

in a statement.

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NOWHERE MAN Alan P. Tuazon How the mighty fall THE SEA OF FLAILING ARMS that
NOWHERE MAN
Alan P. Tuazon
How the mighty fall
THE SEA OF FLAILING ARMS
that clutched banners of “Hataw
UP” in this side of the arena
rippled in sync with the drummer’s
beat. The crowd’s cheer drowned
all
noise.
The disco beat boomeranged
around the arena which signaled
the start of the UP Pep Squad
routine. UPians rose in high
spirits, cheering on their favorite
team, anticipating nothing less
than victory. Though slightly
disappointed with the chosen
party theme, I nonetheless
joined in.
After a seemingly flawless
routine came the unexpected fall
that came all too soon. UPians
cheered even louder. All the while
you were clutching my hand as
my heart was undulating to the
thumping music.
It was actually my nth time
to
enter the arena, but it felt like
the first time because you were
there. Yes, your mere presence
enthralled me the way my favorite
book’s scent would do. If it weren’t
for you, I probably would have just
snuggled under the covers that
rainy Sunday, thinking of what
best words to fill out this space
again. Unfortunately for me, just
a
single text message from you
would, without any hesitation,
have me put on my best pair of
jeans and my new perfume.
This side of the crowd froze
with the second major fall that
had the crowd doubting for the
long-expected victory. Outside
the arena, scalpers still sold
overpriced general admission
tickets amounting to as high as
P800.
Then came the third fall.
UPians continued saluting their
team.
Deaf from all the noise, I
scanned the vigorous faces of my
fellow UPians who braved their
way to the arena even with the rain
falling like daggers from the sky
outside. Would these same faces
be
as vigorous to be the same faces
occupying the streets of Mendiola
on Friday? As our bargain for
accompanying you to this event,
even you will be coming. ∞
SIPAT
FLEETING HOME. As
Labor Day protesters march to
Mendiola, a child sits leisurely
beside his mother’s wooden cart
that makeshifts into their home
along the empty streets of Loyola
in Manila at night.
Photo by Angerica Hainto