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On USC34's False Democracy

On USC34's False Democracy

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As elected student council officers of the University, we have been mandated toserve and represent the interests of the student body. We are the reflectors of the needsthat UP Manila students have. What happens, then, when a memo or a statement is
issued under our institution’s name that isn’t reflective of what all of us believe in? What
happens when a discussion or debate is rail
roaded due to “time constraints
,
” 
which thenresults to a poorly-discussed articulation?
A compromise of student interest.
 
That iswhat happens.
 This is not politicking, nor creating a ruckus for the sake of propaganda or division.This is but a
mere exposition of what the Council has failed to do - to represent itsconstituents
, to the truest meaning of the word. Moreover, this is carrying out our dutyto be the mouthpieces of the students and correcting the wrongs and owning up to ourshortcomings, no matter what the cost.
May it be clear that the undersigned, bona fide members of the USC34 General Assembly
have taken no part, have notapproved, and are in contradiction
to the recently postedUSC34 statement, taking into account that we have differentbeliefs in this matter, with all due respect to the student body.
 
We are, in our own right, strongly
condemning the “No Late Payment Policy”
of the UP Administration.
We firmly adhere to the notion that education is a right.Regardless of race, gender, social and economic status, free, quality education shouldbe made available to every Filipino who aspires to be the hope of this nation.
 
 
We challenge the UP Manila Administration to be accountable
. Furthermore, werequest the Institution to resonate what an
Iskolar 
needs and deserves: ademocratized and fully accessible education. We think it fit for the administration toassert and promote the rights and welfare of its core constituents.
 
 
We are against placing
blame on the child’s parents
, knowing fully that theyhave strived and did all in their capacity to come up with ways to send their daughterto school.
 
As the National Center for the Health Sciences no less
, it is a stark irony thatthere is deterioration not only of mental health, but the general health of its students.According to the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical,

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