JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday rejected a proposal stripping students of their scholarships if they join anti-government protests.
“With all due respect, such a proposal, if adopted would effectively restrain the youth’s constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression,” Guevarra said.
He issued the statement in response to the proposal of National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Ronald Cardema to revoke scholarships of ”anti-government” students.
Cardema categorized the “anti-government” students as those linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front (NDF).
But Guevarra disclosed schools especially state universities and colleges should be proud of their students who take a stand and speak on national issues.
“Our state universities and colleges, instead of taking it against the militant students by dropping them from the roll, should be proud that they are producing young people who are socially aware and concerned not only about themselves but also about the nation,” Guevarra said.