‘Planking’ issue later, higher social service budget now—advocatesPosted: September 20, 2011
The Anti-planking bill received criticisms from anti-budget cut campaigners as they claim that the legislation is very untimely because it diverts the public from focusing and participating in campaigning against budget cuts on social services including education, mentioning as well that the bill is unconstitutional.
Save Our Education Movement, a Southern Tagalong region-based multi-sectoral alliance against budget cut, was dismayed when Quezon City Second District Rep. Winnie Castelo filed an Anti-Planking bill in Congress today. In an interview, Save Our Education Movement Spokesperson Allen Lemence said that Castelo should focus first on the issue at hand, instead of pursuing for the said bill, which he claimed as a violation of the constitutionally-guaranteed right to freedom of expression.
“To some, the planking may not be attractive. But to us, it is one of the youth’s way of expressing their protests,” Lemence said. “So instead of curtailing our right to freely express our grievances, Most Honorable Castelo should join us in calling for higher state subsidy for education. It may not be through planking but through using his wit and his position [as congressman] to urge his fellow legislators to approve higher state subsidy for education,” he continued.
Lemence promoted the planking along with other creative activities of the youth and students to protest against budget cuts on social services and call for higher state subsidy on education and other services. Lemence cited as an example the “Malikmata” art exhibit of the Kartunista-Manunulat Kolektib that is being held today in University of the Philippines Los Banos as part of their build-up activities heading toward the nationwide campus strikes on Sept. 23 against budget cuts.
“Even Beauty Queen Shamcey Supsup called for free and quality education and higher state funding on state universities and colleges like her alma mater UP. Rep. Castelo should make such statement too rather than overrating planking,” Lemence ended. ###
Reference: Allen Lemuel Lemence
Spokesperson, Save our Education Movement
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