Carl Irving Labitigan
Apathy has always been an issue, if not the issue in AIT. In this collection by Carl Irving Labitigan, we depart from the perceived apathetic lifestyle of staying inside the library and drowning in academic works to focus on the politics of sympathy.
DAY ONE. UP students start the three-day strike against the almost P200 million decrease from the present P5.75B budget.
RED EVERYWHERE. The government has proposed a P1.1 billion cut of the current P21 billion national budget for state universities and colleges.
RED FLAG ON GOVERNMENT. Flyers bear the accusation against the Aquino administration of misappropriating the funds for the benefit of "foreign countries, corrupt officials, and the local elite" seen through its prioritization of "debt servicing, the military, pork barrels, and a cash-handout program".
ILANG BESES NANG IGINAPOS. Isang estudyante ang sumampa sa replika ni Oble upang itali ang itim na telang lumalaban sa budget cut.
ART ON STRIKE. A fine arts student carries an art piece as part of the program of the rally in AS Steps.
A NEVER ENDING BATTLE. Last year, during PNoy's budget message on August 24, he said that the government is reducing SUC budget "to push them toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent, given their ability to raise their income and to utilize it for their programs and projects"."
COLLEGES IN SYMBOLIC CLOSE DOWN. CHED Executive Director Julito Vitriolo in an article in Sunstar.com admits that the budget cuts had really affected SUC operations, consequently hindering any Philippine university to enter the top 300 schools in the world.
BATTLE OF NUMBERS. A Stand-UP insider says that 1,500 students joined the strike during the first day as compared with last year's record of 2,000 during a strike of the same issue.