Malacañang rejects bid to revoke scholarship of student activists
admin • February 21, 2019 • 2093
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
Two students in Germany launched a clever campaign to keep people, especially movie geeks, from going outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Art director Seine Kongruangkit and copywriter Matithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo, from the Miami Ad School Europe, used people’s aversion to spoilers as inspiration in creating fake ads of popular Netflix shows.
Insight: People try hard to stay away from spoilers to their favourite show.
Idea: We discourage people from going out by putting up billboards filled with spoilers from Netflix Originals in gathering spaces.
“If the virus doesn’t stop you from going out, these spoilers will,” according to the description of the campaign ad.
The said campaign immediately went viral on social media with some thinking it is a good idea to keep people safe inside their home.
Department of Education (Deped) Secretary Leonor Briones said the Deped Bicol region report about 70,000 students that cannot read is an exaggeration.
Briones slammed the results of pretests administered by the Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (Phil-IRI).
“Tinawagan ko kanina ang regional director sa Bicol, ang sabi niya less than 5% lang. Hindi naman ganoon kadami. Medyo insulto iyon sa mga taga-Bicol (I called the regional director in Bicol, he said it’s only less than 5%. That is not a lot. That is an insult to the people of Bicol),” she said.
The Education Secretary also said there are numerous factors in determining the level of comprehension and level of understanding of a child.
Deped plans to release a more accurate report once they conducted a validation. Briones also said that Deped has a program to increase the reading literacy in the country.
She also advised the media to be careful in interpreting and reporting the Phil-IRI.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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
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