Malacañang rejects bid to revoke scholarship of student activists

admin   •   February 21, 2019   •   1782

FILE PHOTO: Youth rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Malacañang does not support the National Youth Commission’s bid to revoke the scholarship of students who join the anti-government rallies unless there is concrete evidence to prove their involvement in schemes to topple the current administration.

At a press briefing, held in Malacañang on Wednesday morning, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Sec. Salvador Panelo asserted that being a member of a leftist group or participating in anti-government protest is not sufficient reason to withdraw the scholarship of students granted by the state.

A mere suspicion should not be a ground to revoke their scholarship.

“We are government of laws, not of speculations. Kung sinususpetsahan lang natin, di naman puwede yun. kailangang mayroon tayong ebidensya na mga parte nga sila ng mga grupong laban sa gobyerno” Panelo said.

Panelo stressed that if they’re just joining protest rallies, it’s their right.

“Kung sila’y sumasama lang sa mga rally, that’s their right, that’s freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly”, the Press Secretary said.

However, it would be a different story if they are rallying to commit violence, or to incite sedition.

The youth leftist group has initially denounced the NYC chair’s proposal saying it contradicts the freedom of expression.

They also argued that the money spent for the “iskolar ng bayan’s” scholarship did not actually come from President Duterte’s pocket but from the taxes paid by citizens in the country. — Freema Salonga

Manila ordinances to provide P500 monthly to PWDs, seniors, students, solo parents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 25, 2019

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday, July 25, signed two ordinances granting a P500 monthly allowance for Grade 12 students of Manila public schools, solo parents, PWDs and senior citizens at the Manila City Hall.Domagoso was joined by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua, and members of the Manila City Council. (Manila PIO)

Two Manila ordinances, signed by Mayor Isko Moreno, will provide P500 monthly allowance to Persons with Disability (PWD), seniors, students, and solo parents.

On Thursday, Moreno has signed two ordinances granting the release of a P500 monthly financial assistance for Grade 12 students of city government-run schools, senior citizens, persons with disability and solo parents.

Under Ordinance No. 8564, qualified Grade 12 students will receive P500 monthly allowance from the local government, provided that they have a good standing, must be a bonafide resident and registered voter in the City of Manila.

If the student is not of legal age to become a voter, his or her relatives should be a registered voter.

Students may still be disqualified from receiving the monthly allowance if they were dismissed from school.

Ordinance No. 8565, meanwhile, grants P500 monthly allowance to senior citizens, PWDs, and solo parents who are residents of Manila. Senior citizens must be a bonafide resident, registered voter and included in the master list of the Manila Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs.

For PWDs and solo parents, they also have to be bonafide residents, registered voters and included in the master list of the Manila Department of Social Welfare.

Moreno, meanwhile, said this is a first time an ordinance was passed in just three weeks.

“Sa buong buhay ko, bilang lokal na mambabatas ng Lungsod ng Maynila, sa loob ng 18 taon, ngayon lang ako nakarinig ng ordinansa na naipasa sa loob lamang ng tatlong linggo (In my time as a lawmaker in the City of Manila—for 18 years, this is the first time I heard that an ordinance was passed in just three weeks),” he said. —AAC

PNP: Faculty members linked to NPA recruitment in schools will face charges

admin   •   October 5, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Young rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid

MANILA, Philippines — Following reports that 18 schools in Metro Manila are being infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the PNP warned of filing charges against faculty members who will be caught conniving with the communist rebels by feeding students anti-government propaganda and allowing them to be recruited by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Inciting to sedition at inciting to rebellion ang possible [charges] kung merong ebidensya na makukuha. Pero ang lahat ng ito ay kung may paglabag sa batas, “ said NCRPO Director PDir. Guillermo Eleazar. “Ang ating kapulisan ay andiyan para mag-imbestiga kung meron man silang ginagawang ganun.”

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed readiness to speak with the officials of the institutions, whose students are allegedly being tapped by the CPP-NPA.

Albayalde said there is a need to correct the views of students against the government possibly instilled in them by communist rebels.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) earlier said that rebels are using some schools to indoctrinate students into joining their organization through the screening of films that show the ‘dark years’ of martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.

The AFP said these films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge them to join protest rallies.

“Pag meron silang mga doubt especially so yung mga students, pag meron silang kailangang matutunan, meron silang mga question at doubt sa pag-iisip, puwede natin silang mabigyan ng liwanag kung ano talaga ang dapat matutunan ng isang estudyante para ma-develop na rin ang sense of nationalism at love of country,” said the PNP chief.

Albayalde also expressed a sense of loss over the actions of some youth leaders who choose to join left-leaning groups to criticize the government that funded their schooling.

“They’re supposed to be the cream of the crop, the hope of the land and yet ‘di ka pa graduate, you are already going against the same government that gives you free education. So ‘yun lang ang tanong natin: why? ” said Albayalde.

Police said schools are the second home of the youth and molding them into better individuals is among the important roles of teachers who are considered as their second parents. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

GSIS opens scholarship opportunities to members’ kin

Marje Pelayo   •   April 24, 2018


The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has announced the opening of scholarship applications for  children and relatives of its members who wish to enter college.

The agency will grant education opportunities to 400 would-be college students who will receive P40,000 worth of tuition and miscellaneous fees. Each scholar will also receive P3,000 monthly stipend.

“Ang pagpili ay pababaan ng sweldo. Iyong mga miyembro natin na pinakamababa ang sweldo iyon ang malaking tsansa na makapasok,” said GSIS Head for Corporate Social Advocacies Department Ryan Palad.

(Selection is based on the lowest salary. Members who have lower salaries have higher chances of approval.)

Interested applicants should have at least three years experience as a government employee, with a salary grade of 24 or below, and was able to pay monthly premium contribution for the past six months.

Application form, list of requirements and list of accredited schools are made available on the agency’s official website. —  Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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