ILANG DEKADA NA, BAKIT WALA PA RING MAGNA CARTA”: The Iloilo Political Education Series 2010
July 31, 2010 Leave a comment
I congratulate the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, AKBAYAN Youth, the Political Science Socity of the University of Iloilo, the Coalition for Students’ Rights and Welfare, and other partner organizations for launching this as part of their political education series. It is very important that the students are fully aware about this bill and how this measure affects us as the youth and as students.
As member of DEKADA party in the Faculty of Arts and Letters of UST (2004-2006) and as former Chairperson of the Alyansa ng Kristiyanong Lakas Party (AKLAS) of UST from 2007 – 2008, and as one of the unwilling victims of abuse of school administrators in UST, Students’ Rights and Welfare is an advocacy that is truly worth my time, OUR TIME. Coming from a deeply conservative Dominican institution, any sound of criticism, complaint or dissatisfaction was considered a rebellion and those who continued on are persecuted until silence is met. The same is true with our brother campus journalists, mostly those who are in active engagement and from far-flung towns and cities. The Students’ Rights and Welfare Bill must be lobbied for by the youth ourselves and must not be killed by our own apathy.
I believe strongly in the premise that democracy is best taught by example, and that rights may only be protected by their fervent and constant exercise. And I think the best nesting ground for true democracy is the school. The school is the microcosm of society, and in it, conditions must be set for individuals to taste the fullness of democracy, which is the key to effective citizenship in a democratic society. Schools must not be obstructive with respect to students’ rights, but must not be lax as well. There must not only be a sense of freedom, but a sense of responsibility as well.
However, I believe that the STRAW must strongly include campus journalists, and consolidate into it R.A. 7079 (Campus Journalism Act) in order for it to be a true and complete charter.
To my friend and freedom colleague Gibby Gorres, and former congresswoman Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Kudos!