16 December 2010

Rights group tags PLPasay as anti-student

A rights group hit Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay (PLPasay) yesterday as “anti-student”.

Coalition for Students’ Rights and Welfare (STRAW Coalition), a nationwide coalition of progressive youth groups that documents abuses on students’ rights, held a picket-rally in front of the said local college to denounce the “unjust removal” of student council president Regina Mae Alog.

Alog was reportedly removed from office by the Dean for Student Affairs Marcos Geronga.  Alog filed a complaint against the board of the said school at the Regional Trial Court of Pasay City.  In addition, she also filed an appeal for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to reinstate her as member of the Board of Regents.

The STRAW Coalition backed Alog in calling for a TRO.  Gibby Gorres, co-convenor of the said Coalition, urged the importance of “protecting Alog’s right as an elected student-official”.

Gorres also denounced Geronga’s “fascist decision to relieve Alog of her position without due process”.

“It is within any one’s right to be accorded due process and Geronga violated this right,” quipped Gorres.

Gio Tingson, law student from Ateneo de Manila University and National Chairperson of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, called for CHED to intervene in the issue.

“CHED is mandated to intervene in this issue and to take a more proactive stance in upholding students’ rights and welfare,” Tingson said.

Tingson also called for the passage of the Students’ Rights and Welfare Bill now pending in Congress.  “The passage of the bill that protects students’ rights and welfare is long overdue”, he concluded.  

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