By Angel De Mesa
NAGA CITY, CAMARINES SUR – College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) here protested yesterday in Plaza Rizal to condemn series of harassment and repressions on campus publications in their province and other parts of the country.
According to CEGP-Camarines Sur , four of the campus publications here are under the surveillance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – The Pillars of Ateneo de Naga University, The Seafarers’ Gazette of Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation in Canaman Campus, The Stateans Publication of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture and The SPARK Publication of Camarines Sur Polytechnic College in Nabua.
The aforementioned publications are those who openly condemn and object the ‘US-Duterte’ Regime’s programs and policies with their right to free expression.
CEGP-CamSur received reports last September 25 from The Spark Publication of CSPC-Nabua saying that they have been part of the AFP’s watch-list based on the text message received by one of their schools’ official.
This was the second time when the group received reports having military surveillance on campus publication in Camarines Sur. Last March 2017, CEGP Bicol along with its members and affiliated campus publications were harassed by the AFP and police due to its active participation on mass movement such as progressive forums, rallies and educational discussions.
“Apart from being form of Campus Press Freedom Violation, the government’s espionage on the campus publications and its members is proof of the intensified state fascism. This is a kind of harassment to the writers in various colleges and universities in the province to frighten and harass its progressive and critical way of publication,” said Kevin Plopinio, spokesperson of CEGP-Camarines Sur.
The Pillars of Ateneo De Naga University, The Seafarers’ Gazette of Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation , and The Democrat of University of Nueva Caceres also released their statement denouncing the attacks on campus publications and to their fellow campus journalists along with its unity to fight against campus repression in different student publications and organizations not just in Bicol but nationwide.
In Metro Manila, the LPU Independent Sentinel, the official student publication of the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila, is now facing grave threat of being closed down by the school administration.
This incident is not far from the case being felt by the student in PUP. National secretariat of Kabataan Party along with a press member of CEGP and some media was barred to enter the campus to support the ongoing fight and protest of the progressive youths.
This was after the intensified repressions against student activists and organizations in PUP floated.
PUP admin headed by President Emmanuel De Guzman removed and replaced the student regent by an admin-appointed representative, student offices and student lounge were also being closed, along with this is the take over of the student publication and the mandate of ROTC on senior high same as the mandatory drug testing.
“This is also a pretext of the indirect implementation of Martial Law to which the Marcos Regime exhibited total dictatorial control over school publications and closed down publications that are against the late dictator Marcos,” stated by The Pillars publication of Ateneo De Naga.
“The harassment is done to neutralize the progressive youth in the publication and the publication itself. The campus press repression that happened in the said publications and institutions is a display of the state’s fierce fascism that is strongly opposed by The Seafarers’ Gazette,” said Alex Jay Guerrero of The Seafarers Gazette.
During the activity the group executed a symbolic action through a noise barrage to show their unified voices in condemning continuous attacks on youth sector and the intensified campus repressions. (BaretangBikolnon.com)