Anti-budget cut campaigners praise Supsup for advocating ‘Free Ed’Posted: September 19, 2011
PRESS RELEASE | SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
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Anti-budget cut campaigners praise Supsup for advocating ‘Free Ed’
A multi-sectoral alliance campaigning against the impeding budget cuts on social services joins Philippine bet in the Ms. Universe pageant Shamcey Supsup for promoting “free and quality education”.
After arriving from Brazil, Supsup was interviewed in a primetime news program where a news anchor recognizes her current influence to the public for bagging the third runner-up title in the most coveted Ms. Universe pageant. Having said this, the anchor asked Supsup for her advocacy, and Supsup answered, “Free and quality education for everyone.”
“She is truly a representation of ‘beauty and brain’. Moreover, she is truly an Iskolar ng Bayan (scholar of the people) for advocating for ‘free and quality education for everyone’”, Save our Education Movement Spokesperson Allen Lemence said. Lemence is also a BS Chemical Engineering student in the University of the Philippines Los Banos.
Supsup is a University of the Philippines Diliman alumna, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Architecture undergraduate program of the university.
“[Supsup] deserves more than congratulatory messages. Her advocacy is very timely today as the Philippine education is looming in saddening condition. She, herself, knows this being an Iskolar ng Bayan from UP that experiences budget cuts year after year,” Lemence continued.
Save our Education Movement, an alliance based in Southern Tagalog region, launched its campaign on Aug. 2 against budget cuts and calls for a “pro-people national budget” with which social services including education receive “sufficient state subsidy”.
Save our Education is joining another broader multi-sectoral alliance Kilos Na Laban sa Budget Cuts (Act Now against Budget Cuts) for different forms of action including lobbying to legislators, cyber-campaigning like the “Pose to Oppose Budget Cut” campaign in Facebook and the series of campus strikes this week.
“We believe that Supsup inspired the Filipino people not only for taking pride for the country as a beauty queen, but for her advocacy on education as well,” Lemence added. “We hope she will link her arms with her fellow Iskolars ng Bayan in UP and other state universities and colleges for more appropriate action to advance our advocacy against budget cut on education,” he ended.