Tag Archives: League of Filipino Students

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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Filipino American Youth Oppose Arroyo and Charter Change

10 Jul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 9, 2009

References: Ivan Penetrante, Chairperson, Anakbayan San Diego, igpene@gmail.com Yves Nibungco, Deputy Secretary General, Anakbayan New York/New Jersey, yvesnibungco@gmail.com, Beverly Tang, Anakbayan Los Angeles, bev@anakbayanla.org, Sincere Born, Chairperson, Anakbayan Seattle, sincere9@gmail.com

Filipino American Youth Oppose Arroyo and Charter Change

Filipino Youth of BAYAN USA (League of Filipino Students-San Francisco State University and the US chapters of Anakbayan from East Bay (EB), San Diego (SD), Seattle, Los Angeles (LA) and Anakbayan York/New Jersey (NY/NJ) declare our full opposition to the Arroyo regime and its cronies’ push towards Charter Change (Cha-Cha).

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo knows the people will hold her accountable for her crimes when her term is up in 2010.  Already standing neck deep in a track record of out-of-control rates of poverty, absence of social services, an ever-increasing list of human rights violations, and endless cases of corruption, Arroyo seeks to avoid prosecution and extend the reach of her power through Charter Change.  Under Cha-Cha, Arroyo can impose Martial law and extend her stay in office indefinitely by changing the government to a parliamentary system, thus avoiding potential prosecution.  “A dictatorship of Arroyo, whether under the guise of a parliamentary system or through declaration of martial rule, would certainly mean the death of our already ailing democracy and of our people’s dignity,” says Yves Nibungco of Anakbayan New York/New Jersey.

Charter Change will constitutionally allow the US and other foreign military forces unrestricted stay and operations in the Philippines. Already playing a puppet to US militarism, Arroyo continues to bow down to foreign business interest as well. Charter Change places Philippine national sovereignty at further economic risk.  Under Cha-cha existing economic provisions can be eliminated, enabling foreigners 100 percent ownership of lands and other property.  Foreign exploitation and plundering of natural resources will increase, causing more displacements of people and landlessness in the countryside.

Though an ocean apart, the Filipino youth of BAYAN USA understand our people should fight the Arroyo regime and her cronies in order for there to be a true democracy in the Philippines that addresses the needs of its people.  Charter Change is a slap in the face to the Filipino people and the provisions gained in the 1987 Constitution. That is why we support Kabataan Kontra Cha-Cha (a broad alliance of youth groups and student councils in the Philippines) and their call for student walkouts on July 10, 2009. We vow to do whatever it takes to prevent Arroyo from installing emergency rule and rigging next year’s elections. We are proud to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines for a better tomorrow!

BAYAN USA Youth calls upon Filipinos in the US to take a stand against Charter Change!