NUSP: Rosales echoes Marcos disdain for youth, student movement

THE National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) assailed Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Etta Rosales’ loose remarks on the youths’ ability to grasp the essence and spirit of Martial Law commemoration.

“It’s ironic to note how Ferdinand Marcos once held the same low opinion of the student movement as he told NUSP President Edgar Jopson that he was a mere grocer’s son. Now, we have Etta Rosales saying that we better study and stay in the library, that we do not understand what we are saying,” says NUSP secretary-general Isabelle Baguisi.

“Time and again this government – from the President, his spokespersons, his Cabinet members, now his CHR head – has belittled the youths’ ability to understand the needs of our time. They have refused to even acknowledge the concrete calls of the youth and the pressing needs of the people,”

“If a callous government, continuing human rights violations, and worsening crisis do not merit mass protest and strong student outrage, then what does? The times are dark — increasing drop-out rates, increasing unemployment, increasing prices, increasing militarization with decreasing rights, decreasing social services.”

“The greatest lesson of Martial Law is that we must defend ourselves from tyranny, that we must fight for our rights. And that is exactly what we are doing now,” adds Baguisi.

“It seems power and pork barrel have made her forget what it took to fight off tyranny. Binabalik natin kay Chairperson Etta Rosales ang kaniyang mga salita at ginagawa itong hamon: Mag-aral ka muli ng lipunan. Naiintindihan niyo po ba ang sinasabi niyo?”Baguisi said.

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