Bill that Would Ban Student Activists from Government Schools Submitted to Congress

The days of student activists are numbered after three congressmen submitted a Bill seeking to ban students from entering public schools, and State Colleges and Universities (SUC) who are engaging in activism.

Congressman Diosdado Calugay of Campostellay Valley, the principal author said, the purpose of the Bill is not to deprive students from their right to express, but to protect the majority of the students from falling into false beliefs.

“Ang problema kasi masyado nang naaabuso ang demokrasya at nababastos ang eskwelahan. Actually ang main purpose ng mga batang aktibista na to ay hindi dahil sa prinsipyo at idyolohiya e. Gusto lang nilang sumikat at makilala”, Calugay said.

[The problem here is democracy is being gravely abused, and the school is being insulted. These students joined activism not because of principles and ideology. They just wanted to be known publicly]

Congressman Rodolfo Torano of Antique, and Congressman Salvador Dador of Mindoro, both alumnus of UP College of Law during the Marcos administration co-authored the bill.

I was recruited many times during my college life in UP and I know ever since that these people were wrong. These people who joined rallies during our college years are the same people who are poisoning the minds of younger generation”, Torano added.

On his part, Dador said the bill is the same as the policy being practiced by several companies against labor unions.

“This bill, if becomes law is the same as the policy of several companies who does not allow their employees to join labor unions. Most Industrial Parks in Batangas and Laguna practice this policy. This is not deprivation of rights but protecting the interest of the majority”, Dador said.

The Bill also put teachers and school administrators in difficult situation as it will require all teachers to look after their students. If the student is guilty of joining any protest rally, the teacher will be held responsible, especially in secondary schools where students are still minors.

There are currently 107 State-owned College and Universities with hundreds of campuses across the country, including all University of the Philippines, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines Campuses.

Congressman Calugay, who graduated from Mindanao State University, and finished Law in Ateneo Law School, considered UP as the “School of Activisim”.

“This bill will protect our young children from being used by dirty politicians”, Calugay said.

“Hindi natin pinapapunta sa eskwelahan ang mga anak natin para turuan ng pambabastos”, Calugay added

[We are not sending our children to school to become rude]

When asked why only government schools, Dador said “let’s leave the control of private schools to their administrators, and the parents” /Lowell Mallorca/facebook-share

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