Students of the University of the Philippines (UP) have been walking out of their classes to protest against the government. They’ve been doing that since time immemorial. Indeed, one tweet by a certain @StandUpDiliman documented one such recent walkout, and it exhibited both a familiar sight and a familiar slogan…
A photo accompanying the tweet showed students carrying red flags — the battle colours of left-leaning groups — marching up the stairs in a building in the premiere campus of UP in Diliman, Quezon City. Many believe that these left leaning groups are all infiltrated by elements of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and that some of these act as fronts for recruiting students into the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA).
WALKOUT NA! Join the hundreds of students who have already walked out their classes as we move to overthrow the US-Duterte regime! #EndStateFascism #NoToMartialLaw #OverthrowDuterte
Indeed, in late 2017, Jo Lapira, a student of UP’s Manila campus, was among the fatalities in an encounter between NPA rebels and the Philippine Air Force in Batangas. Lapira was reportedly a member of the militant “women’s issues” group GABRIELA which is known to maintain close ties with the CPP.
Suffice to say students walking out of classes leave professors and instructors in the payroll of the state idle and disrupt the activities of other students who prefer to go about their studies in the campus in peace. It is clear that taxes that go into funding these faculty resources and into investing in the futures of the young men and women who appreciate the purpose and privilege of being part of the UP student body as one focused on learning are wasted whenever these “activist” circuses are in town. This is made even more disturbing by the fact that student activists in UP constitute a tiny minority of the student body. To see a small clique of misguided youths causing disproportionately widespread disruption across UP campuses is an outrage to say the least.
All one need to ask to gain some perspective around how “important” campus activism really is is this question: Where are the results?
Take the primary slogan in this recent walkout: “move to overthrow the US-Duterte regime!”
Is there really a “US-Duterte regime”? The prevailing position held by the current Philippine Opposition is that President Rodrigo Duterte is pivoting his country’s foreign policy towards China and away from the United States. So it seems these commies need to re-evaluate this rather tired Cold War era slogan.
Taking a step back, these red-flag-waging “activists” have been using that template slogan for decades. Again, where are the results?
Taxpayers’ funds are definitely being wasted on UP students who walk out of their classes to join protest rallies organised by a group that espouse an obsolete ideology and is associated with a known terrorist group. It’s high time Filipinos say enough and call out what these protest rallies really are — nothing more than legacies being propped up by a “thought leader” cloistered in a northern European paradise under the guise of “political asylum”.
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