Sympathy, Condolences and Solidarity
Injustice and negligence hound our education system. And unless we seize the initiative to stand up, take militant action, and protest our demands to those who are mandated to fulfill them, we will never see genuine change.
Don't let Kristel's death be in vain!
Honor Kristel! Fight for your right to education!I was a part time lecturer at the Ateneo from 1985 to 1987. Those years were quite memorable in Philippine history. It was a time of great uncertainty and being a lecturer and not a student surely provided me a different perspective on student activism. One of the questions I felt I needed to ask myself was whether I should suspend my own lecture to accommodate students who wanted to join a rally or protest. It was in fact depressing that students felt that they needed to be out there to make their point. Were the adults so incapable of seeing the problem by themselves that students needed to shout and hold banners? Or perhaps, my own students simply wanted to avoid my class since I was giving a quiz every time we met. I did hope that students were still learning even at times when they all just seemed standing and holding placards.
In the eighties, while I was still an undergraduate student, one of my high school classmates died. The cause of his death was a mystery. There was a claim that it was a suicide, but seeing the dead body suggested to me that my friend did not kill himself. He looked beaten up. The sadness I felt that day would never go away. I likewise felt the sadness among my other high school classmates who were there. The tears were sadly dripping on our clenched fists.
The sadness that currently grips the University of the Philippines cannot be denied. I see it in Facebook profiles of some students: