- The National Youth Commission (NYC) head urged President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke the scholarships of student activists
- The NYC chief also urged the Sangguniang Kabataan youth leaders to report those who are rallying against the government
- However, the CHED said that rallying is part of the freedom of speech
National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema urged President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke the government scholarships of the students who actively participate in anti-government protests or rallies.
KAMI learned that Cardema pointed out that some communist groups have been recruiting activist students in college.
According to a report by GMA News, Cardema said that as the head of the Philippine government, Duterte should remove the scholarships of rebellious students.
"Nananawagan po ako kay Pangulong Duterte bilang head of our government to remove the government scholarships of all rebellious, anti-government scholars," the NYC chief said.
"Nilalabanan niyo ang ating mga pulis, ang ating mga sundalo and nilalabanan niyo at gusto niyong ipabagsak ang ating gobyerno at kayo ay government scholars," Cardema added.
However, Raoul Manuel of the National Union Students of the Philippines (NUSP), has defended the students who are just projecting their voice.
“Hindi tama na sila ay tanggalan ng scholarships dahil pinaglalaban lamang nila 'yung kanilang mga karapatan," Manuel said.
The League of Filipino Students said that it is wrong to revoke the scholarships of those who have the right to study.
"Isa po 'yung kamalian at kabastusan sa napakaraming mga kabataan na gusto at nangangarap na magkaroon ng karapatan na makapagaral," they said.
The Commission on Higher Education said that while rallies and protests are part of the students’ freedom of speech, their education must be prioritized.
Earlier, Cardema has ordered the Sangguniang Kabataan youth leaders and other organizations to report to the NYC the youth leaders who are against the government and those who are linked with the communist groups.
“I am directing all pro-government youth leaders of our country, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Officials in the barangays, municipalities, cities, & provinces and all the ROTC Officers, CAT Officers, fellow nationalistic student leaders & youth org leaders in schools & communities, to report to the National Youth Commission all government scholars who are known in your area as anti-government youth leaders allied with the leftist CPP-NPA-NDF,” Cardema said, as reported by Inquirer.
“It is the duty of every Filipino Youth to become our hope, in strengthening our nation, & to fight those who are trying to crush our Republic,” he added.
Cardema is a known supporter of President Duterte. He used to be the leader of the Duterte Youth.
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