MANILA, Philippines — Militant students will once again conduct a mass walkout on Friday, February 23.
They are going against charter change, martial law in Mindanao, alleged fake free education, jeepney phaseout and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.
The group said they are not afraid to be kicked out of their universities because of their mass walkout.
“Kung sinasabi mong iki-kick out mo kami, ang sagot namin sa iyo ay iki-kick out ka namin diyan sa iyong posisyon,” said Almira Abril, chairperson of the group Stand Up.
(If you’re saying you are going to kick us out, we say, we will kick you out from office. )
From Friday morning to Monday, the universities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will unite.
Meanwhile, according to Commissioner Ronald Adamat of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), it is up to the admin of the universities if they will sanction the students who will participate in the mass walkout.
He also advised the students not to participate in the protest.
“Talagang may violation yan (there really is a violation) because they do their walkout during their classes. They are supposed to be guided by the charter of their school. Dapat mag-aral na lang sila kasi wala namang patutunguhan yan (They should just focus on studying because [joining protests] will lead to nowhere),” said the commissioner.
The group estimates that thousands of students will join the mass walkout protest on Friday. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
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