- Students and faculty members of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) hold a solidarity walk in support of the new Duterte administration
- The march also hopes to push for higher budget for state universities and colleges
- Approximately 5000 members of PUP community is joining the march
On Monday, July 25, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte, the 16 President of the Republic of the Philippines is set to deliver his first State of the Nation Address or SONA at the Batasang Pambansa.
In connection with this, students and faculty members of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) are set to have a solidarity walk to show support to the new president.
In an interview with the Polytechnic University of the Philippines President Dr. Emmanuel de Guzman by DZMM, he shared that PUP will conduct a solidarity walk. This is to show support for the Duterte administration.
They wanted to commend the President for a successful governance so far for addressing key national issues one by one. President Duterte has been in the office for twenty-five days.
De Guzman said that those who call to participate will also take the opportunity to air issues which they want the administration to address in the future.
De Guzman also shared that members of the Lumad communities from Mindanao are housed in PUP campus to join them in the unity walk.
Primarily, their goal is to air to the President to address the problem of national peace, especially in Mindanao, to continue peace talks with the rebel groups, and to address other issues concerning Mindanao like mining reforms.
Another major objective of the solidarity walk is for the President to push for the increase of the budget for State Universities and Colleges.
Participation in the said solidarity walk is voluntary and thus, not required. There are more or less 5,000 participants who are expected to join including students, teachers, employees and some administrative officials of PUP. De Guzman confirmed that the march starts at 9 a.m. following a short program. -Kami Media