Fil-Am Youth Against DepEd Violence

24 Aug
Fil-Am Youth Against DepEd Violence

August 23, 2010
Press Statement

Reference: Alex Montances, AB-LA, info@anakbayanla.org
Jessica Antonio, LFS-SFSU, lfs.sfsu@gmail.com

The
League of Filipino Students of San Francisco State University and
Anakbayan chapters of Seattle, East Bay, Los Angeles, New York/New
Jersey,and San Diego strongly condemn the violent dispersal, beatings
and mass arrest of students and youth protesting at the Philippine
Department of Education last Friday.  Over 50 youth and students, most
of them high school aged members, were arrested and violently dispersed
by the Philippine Department of Education security guards.  Five other
high school protesters Ronald Santos, Mark Gil Gamido, Raymond Ubero,
Ivan Bontorosto, and James Anajao, were also beaten by security guards
and were submitted into Rizal Medical center for their injuries.

In
it’s Vision and Mission Statement, the Philippine Department of
Education states that  “We are a people organization committed to
cultural excellence in public service.  Believing that the most
important resource of a country is its people, we make the task of
educating the Filipino child our single mission…We affirm the right
of every Filipino child especially the disadvantaged to benefit from
such a system.”

For
an organization so committed to the rights and welfare of Filipino
youth, it seems contradictory to their principles to beat and arrest
youth who were protesting illegal school fees.
Police
brutality and the suppression of free speech is not an example of
excellent public service.  Rather, it is an example of a fascist and
corrupt government that is more dedicated to silencing those who point
out corruption and injustice instead of helping its most important
resource- the Filipino people.

We
demand for there to be a full investigation as to the unnecessary
violence committed by the DepEd guards upon the youth causing them to
be sent to the hospital.  We challenge the Department of Education to
stay true to its Mission Statement making sure that education is
accessible and affordable for every Filipino child! We hold the larger
Philippine government responsible for the saddened state of education
across the nation and strongly encourage the government to reflect on
what the future holds for Filipino youth and students if education is
not an option and violence is all that they are given.

EDUCATION FOR ALL!
END POLICE BRUTALITY & ALL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS!
JUSTICE FOR RONALD, MARK, IVAN, RAYMOND & JAMES!

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