Students to Defy UPLB Ban on Lozada

STUDENTS from the state-run University
of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna,
announced they would proceed with their
program welcoming the visit of National
Broadband Network whistleblower, Rodolfo
Noel “Jun” Lozada Jr. to speak about the
deal and other alleged shenanigans in
the government.Lozada is set to visit UPLB students on
Tuesday, on the invitation of its
student council, according to Union of
Student Councils (USC) president Leo
Fuentes.

Fuentes is also one of the lead convenor
of Youth for Truth and Accountability
Now or Youth Act Now.

Fuentes said UPLB officials have been
blocking their invitation on Lozada if
they would not allow a pro-government
personality to speak in the same forum.

Since testifying last month on the NBN
deal, Lozada has become popular and has
been on several campus tours to speak
about what he knows on the scuttled
$329-million project, while adding other
purported corrupt deals that he is also
aware of.

Alliance spokesman Charisse Berandine
Bañez said UPLB chancellor Luis Rey
Velasco even warned them to be prepared
for the “consequences” should they
proceed with the activity without the
administration’s approval.

“But we are prepared and we would not be
intimidated, Bañez told People’s Tonight
yesterday.

She added despite being deprived of the
use of the university auditorium, they
are now seeking another venue within the
campus where the forum could be held.

“It is the right of students and youth
in the (Calabarzon) region to invite
Lozada in our schools to personally hear
his testimonies.

“The side of the Arroyo administration
has long been revealed, and the youth
have already made a stand. The Arroyo
administration’s attempts to silence
Lozada only strengthen our resolve to
continue the fight for truth and
justice,” Bañez said.

Fuentes added a local church has offered
its facility as an alternative venue
where student leaders from other schools
in the region are also expected to attend.

“Technicalities such as the date of the
activity and the concept of academic
freedom are being used by the UPLB
administration to intervene in the
program, but it is clear that these
moves are synchronous to Malacañang’s
attempts to water down the issue of
corruption in the Arroyo
administration,” Fuentes added.

He noted that Education Secretary Jesli
Lapuz had earlier issued a memorandum to
public schools discouraging them from
inviting Lozada and other government
critics to speak inside their campuses.

Early this week, it was the turn of
Department of Justice Secretary Raul
Gonzalez, to warn public schools in
Iloilo from inviting Lozada. Gonzales
hails from Iloilo.

Bañez said mailboxes expressing support
for Lozada have been established in
several schools in the region, namely:
Lyceum of Batangas, University of
Batangas, St. Bridget College-Batangas
City, PUP-Sto. Tomas, Lipa Science High
School, University of the
Philippines-Los Baños, Dalubhasaan ng
Lungsod ng San Pablo, San Pablo
Colleges, Laguna State Polytechnic
University-San Pablo, University of
Perpetual Help-Biñan, Pamantasan ng
Cabuyao, Colegio de San Juan de Letran,
and Laguna College of Business and Arts.

The support messages will be given to
Lozada during the forum.

3 thoughts on “Students to Defy UPLB Ban on Lozada

  1. ahahaha, ganun. kaya pala matagumpay naming nailunsad ang programa. tapos nagdaos pa kami ng mob sa junction. yun ba ang matatawag na olats? talagang tablado ang public officials na magtatangkang pumunta sa programa dito sa UPLB. kung mismong si chancy nga hindi nakaimik sa nagawa namin eh. kamusta naman sila. haha. apir nalang.

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