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National Union of Students of the Philippines
Cristina Palabay, who was president of the National Union of Studentsof the Philippines during the 2001 uprising, said that Arroyocompletely ignored the "youth agenda" that was presented to her whenshe was still vice president and in the middle of the then-raginganti-Estrada protests.Using a photo presentation, Palabay recounted the variouscontributions of student and youth groups to the ouster of Estrada butsaid that "almost everybody will agree that we were all betrayed byArroyo when she became president".Palabay said that young people and the public did not expect some of
Cristina Palabay, who was president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines during the 2001 uprising, said that Arroyo completely ignored the "youth agenda" that was presented to her when she was still vice president and in the middle of the then-raging anti-Estrada protests.
Using a photo presentation, Palabay recounted the various contributions of student and youth groups to the ouster of Estrada but said that "almost everybody will agree that we were all betrayed by Arroyo when she became president". Palabay said that young people and the public did not expect some of those who joined the anti-Estrada marches and demonstrations to "turn into demons worse than our enemy then" referring to Arroyo and those who were later absorbed into her cabinet.
Cristina Palabay, president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines, said the Metro Manila-wide boycott of ROTC training was in protest of the "decades of physical agony" that male students have been experiencing in the hands of abusive cadet officers. Palabay denounced the allegedly massive corruption in the program and the "pointless weekly training that only subjects the cadets to the scorching heat of the sun." Despite the tight security in UST, protesters led by militant groups managed to take over the grandstand where they asked thousands of cadets to leave the training field. They burned an ROTC uniform and gave cadets white roses as a sign that "the mass action is against ROTC as a system and not against its members," according to Janssen Dangzalan, 19, a UST cadet and a member of MASP. Officers and even the commandant could do nothing as cadets responded with loud cheers.
Echoing Maza, Cristina Palabay, president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines, said that since the DND remains the over-all coordinator of the programs, the authority is delegated to the school commandant, who also oversees the military service program.Palabay opined that this is one of the reasons why the DND is "insistent" on maintaining ROTC units in schools because of the information provided by these spy networks.She said that students and leaders from student councils, publications, and organizations are "being invited" to become part of SIN, and offered cash and other material gifts, in exchange for information."We may have all the semblance of democratic space, but when you go to the schools and tell a student, 'You are free to talk about the corruption in ROTC,' they won't tell you," Palabay said, pointing to the risks involved in reporting such irregularities.The clamor for the abolition of ROTC was triggered by the murder in March of University of Sto.